The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Aug
28

VT’s Douglas to Retire in 2010

By · Aug, 28 2009

Local media called it “a decision that sent shockwaves through political circles“¬†when Vermont’s four-term Republican Governor Jim Douglas announced¬†he would not run for re-election in 2010 Thursday afternoon.

Democrats had seemed to sense this might be Douglas’ last hurrah, as a trio of high-profile candidates (Deb Markowitz, Susan Bartlett and Doug Racine) had already launched campaigns, unlike in recent elections when leading Democrats took a pass on challenging the moderate and resilient Republican. Now that Douglas has stepped aside, will additional Democrats be tempted to toss their hats in the ring?

One of the most Democratic states in the nation (Obama won with 67% of the Green Mountain State vote), the newly open seat will instantly become a top pickup opportunity for Team Blue in 2010. The news caused CQ Politics to immediately shift it’s rating on the¬† race from “Leans Republican” to “Leans Democratic.”

This makes Vermont the 20th open seat gubernatorial race in 2010 (21st if you count Virginia’s 2009 contest).

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