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


PA-Gov: Doherty 2010 Run Imminent?

By · Sep, 17 2009

While national media attention has focused on the high-profile Democratic Senate primary, there may be as much action in the gubernatorial contest. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty is in the closing months of his re-election campaign and, according to a exclusive today, gearing up for a “now all-but-certain” campaign for governor.

Doherty, a Democrat who is expected to cruise to a third term as mayor this fall after winning even the GOP nomination as a write-in, has hired a campaign manager, a communications strategist, media consultants, a direct-mail firm and a pollster. He has formed a state political committee, already commissioned a poll of the race, and has been placing calls to and meeting with numerous Democratic leaders and fundraisers across the state. And while an official declaration of candidacy may not come until after he wins reelection in November, it will be mostly a formality at that point. Increasingly, people close to Doherty describe his candidacy as a forgone conclusion.

Even as a politically-unknown factor, his entrance into the race will further shake up a Democratic primary that is shaping up to be more crowded than it was even a few months ago.

The two leading Democrats in the race, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Auditor General Jack Wagner both hail from Western PA, which has left a geographic void in the race. While Philly businessman (and a yet-t0-win political wannabe) Tom Knox has entered the race, political observers have anticipated the entry of a candidate with a proven record of winning elections from Eastern Pennsylvania. While former Congressman Joe Hoeffel has expressed interest in running as a progressive alternate, the entry of a politician with proven cross-over appeal could be the Democrats’ key to winning the 2010 Keystone State contest.

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