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.

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Paterson to Call It Quits

By · Feb, 26 2010

“Accidental Governor” David Paterson’s turbulent tenure in Albany will end without the spectacle of the embattled incumbent seeking re-election to the post he assumed when Eliot Spitzer resigned. It wasn’t abysmal poll numbers, the governor’s inability to manage the incapacitating gridlock from last summer’s senate stalemate in Albany nor recent media reports about Paterson’s aloof and disengaged management style that precipitated the surrender.

The end comes amid the allegations the governor may have abused his power by interfering in a criminal investigation of one of his senior aides. Despite assurances he would continue his recently launched campaign, the political support had simply evaporated. According to Politico:

Asked what finally forced Paterson’s hand, a senior¬†Democrat close to the White House¬†said, “In the end he was rebuffed everywhere he turned for support.”

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