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


Proclaiming His Manliness, Millionaire Enters Georgia Race

By · Apr, 09 2010

The Georgia gubernatorial contest – one of the most crowded in the nation, hasn’t been short twists and turns, got another shocker this week when political neophyte and wealthy businessman Ray Boyd wrote himself a $2 million check and announced he would entirely finance a run for the GOP nomination.

Clearly seeking to tap into the Tea Party’s boiling anti-incumbent anger, Boyd blamed the current economic conditions and partisan political gridlock on professional politicians and proclaimed himself the one with the “testicular fortitude” necessary to fix Georgia’s mess.

“The best qualified person has made himself available for the governor’s office,” Boyd’s campaign Web site,, states. Elsewhere on the site, Boyd says he has “the testicular fortitude it takes to be a leader” and that he feels “duty bound to step forward and offer my best effort to help save America.”

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Boyd said he’s “serious as a heart attack about this run.” He had harsh words for pretty much every incumbent politician in Georgia and in Congress. He spoke frankly, saying he’s “sick of people who are trying to package something, and when you open the box up, it’s not what you get.”

Let’s just take him at his word on what’s in this guy’s package. Not sure we need to open up that box.

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