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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May
13

Could Another Guber Contest Be Added to the 2010 Roster?

By · May, 13 2010

The Seattle Times reported yesterday that Governor Christine Gregoire is on Obama’s short list to replace Elena Kagan as Solicitor General if she her Supreme Court nomination is approved. Depending on when Gregoire steps down (if she’s chosen and approved), it could mean another gubernatorial election this November.

It would also add Light Gov Bill Owen to the long list of Accidental Governors now serving in state capitals across the country (Alaska’s Sean Parnell, Utah’s Gary Herbert, Illinois’ Pat Quinn, Arizona’s Jan Brewer, Kansas’ Mark Parkinson and New York’s David Paterson).

If Gregoire left after this month, but before Oct. 3, there would be a special filing period and everyone who files would get their name on the ballot. It would be a November free-for-all.

If Gregoire left after Oct. 3, Owen would stay in office until 2012, although there’s a possibility for the state Legislature to set a special election for 2011.

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