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


One Accidental Governor Cruising

By · Apr, 30 2010

Utah’s Gary Herbert (who took over when Obama sent his predecessor Jon Huntsman on a slow boat to China) appears to be escaping the wrath of the anti-incumbent fury engulfing other Republicans in the Beehive State. A Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Salt Lake Tribune finds Herbert with a whopping 31-point advantage over Democratic challenger Salt Lake City Mayor Peter Corroon.

A poll taken three months ago showed Corroon trailing 55-30, with 15% undecided. Since then, Corroon has been stuck in place at that 30% benchmark (cold that be the ceiling for Democrats in this conservative state?) and Herbert has picked up six percentage points – with undecideds now only at 9%. One of Corroon’s biggest challenges (other than the D next to his name) is a relatively low name ID around the state. After months of campaigning he is still unknown to 20% of voters.

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