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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Gibbons Offers a Ticket to Ride

By · Mar, 26 2010

Much has been made about how the Republican establishment might tap into the enthusiasm (or poutrage) pulsing through the Tea Party movement.  Over the past year, GOP officials have become increasingly enamored with the enraged right, hoping a midterm majority-creating tidal wave might be fueled by a potent tea brewing across the land. But boiling water scalds and blisters when spilled.  Just how close would GOP candidates get to this steaming teapot?

Endangered Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons’ reelection campaign has stepped up the  GOP’s courtship of the Tea Partiers by offering donors a ticket to ride on his campaign bus to a Tea Party event in southern Nevada. The first 10 donors who pony up $250 get a seat on the bus to Searchlight, Sen. Harry Reid’s hometown where Sarah Palin will be the headlining act.

Long one of the nation’s least popular governors Gibbons’ first term has been marked by a nasty and very public divorce (and 15 years of celibacy, apparently).  In a state struggling to regain it’s economic footing, Gibbons is facing a very credible primary challenge from former federal judge Brian Sandoval. He’s have trouble gaining traction and it’s widely assumed the only way he wins the nomination is by veering to the hard right.

Eric Herzik, political scientist at the University of Nevada, Reno, said Gibbons’ approach makes sense, given his underdog candidacy.

“Gibbons has very little money, and large donors certainly aren’t flocking to his cause,” Herzik said. “So he’s going after small donors. And the free media he’ll get out of this is worth as much as $250 he might get out of a small donor.

“This is less about money than about aligning with the tea party movement,” Herzik said.

And $250 to see Sarah is a bargain.

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