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

PollWatch (TX): Ras – Perry Holds Slight Edge

By · Mar, 05 2010

As all the eyes of Texas pivot from the expensive yet anti-climactic “Clash of the Titans” primary between Hutchison and Perry,¬†Rasmussen provides a first glimpse of the state of play for the general election. Perry, long-considered the weaker of the two as a November candidate, holds a small (considering the overwhelming Republican strength in the Lone Star State) lead over former Houston Mayor Bill White, the Democratic nominee.

Texas General Election

3/3/10

2/22/10

2/1/10

1/17/10

Rick Perry (R)

49%

47%

48%

50%

Bill White (D)

43%

41%

39%

40%

Other

3%

5%

5%

4%

Not Sure

6%

7%

8%

6%

White has crept closer to Perry in the first months of the year. It’s a long slog through the summer and fall to Election Day in November, but it appears the Democrats may actually have a competitive candidate with a reasonable chance of recapturing the Austin Governor’s Mansion.

Rasmussen also looked at whether Texans thought Perry’s vanquished primary opponent, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison should reconsider her oft-stated, yet long-delayed promise to resign her US Senate seat. While 39% said she should follow through with her original decision, 30% thought she should not only stay put but consider running for re-election in 2012.

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