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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Mar
05

Deal Delays Departure

By · Mar, 05 2010

After announcing his intention to resign from Congress to focus full-time on his gubernatorial bid, Georgia Republican Nathan Deal has decided to stick around Capitol Hill to do prevent the passage of health care reform, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jim Galloway. The congressman explains in his press release:

“Just two days after I announced my intentions to leave Congress, the majority party stepped up the schedule for the proposed health care bill. Having been deeply involved in all health care legislation for the past decade, I knew it was important to stay and vote down this bill….

“Yesterday, as I listened to President Obama’s aggressive push for a quick vote on ‘Obama-Care,’ it was clear that I must stay in Congress and continue to fight against the most liberal health care agenda ever proposed.”

As Galloway notes, there was significant pressure from the House GOP leadership for Deal to stay through the last health care votes, despite the possibility that staying longer might revive the ethics investigation into Deal’s alleged misuse of power to protect his private business interests.

Galloway also explains how a later departure could help Deal in his gubernatorial quest, as a special election to fill Deal’s seat most likely would now coincide with the July primary election, theoretically elevating voter turnout in Deal’s home base as he tries to catch front-runner John Oxendine for the GOP nomination.

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