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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Guber Quick Hits, Mon 5/31/10

By · May, 31 2010

Arizona: Guber hopeful and state Treasurer Dean Martin doesn’t want to see Jan Brewer run away with the GOP nod on the back of her immigration crackdown. He’s trying to gain some of the anti-immigrant furor by¬†announcing a new fund to raise money from private citizens to build a Border Fence along Arizona’s border.

California: The Los Angeles Times points out that no matter what they say, the Silicon Kids sound an awful lot like the man they want to replace in Sacramento.

Colorado: Insurgent Republican guber wannabe (and recently endorsed by the GOP assembly) Dan Maes has taken Rand Paul a step further. He’s promising to refuse all federal money if elected governor. Yup, that’s the way to win over swing voters.

Colorado II: GOP establishment-backed guber hopeful Scott McInnis, meanwhile appears to be alienating some of the grassroots activists. His desperate groveling for the endorsement from the local 9.12 Project leaders smacks of desperation.

Florida: Rick Scott has swept into Florida’s GOP gubernatorial contest with the fury of a Cat 5 hurricane. He’s saturated the state’s airwaves with commercials and seen his poll numbers soar. At his first public appearance, it was clear he’s not going to be able to simply whitewash away his past, as a live audience of young Republicans was skeptical about his explanation regarding the fraud that took place while he was CEO of Columbia/HCA.

New Mexico: Allen Weh loans another $600K to campaign bringing the total investment he’s made in his effort to win tomorrow’s GOP gubernatorial primary to $1.6 million. It may be peanuts to what MegaBucks Whitman is spending in California, but there’s not even 2 million people living in the entire state.

Ohio: The RGA is running an ad that alludes to officials lying about an aborted “sting” of work-release inmates working at the Governor’s residence. In a sign that it may be hurting him poltically, Gov. Ted Strickland’s office recently announced the suspension of the program.

Pennsylvania: Fearful that a local “served drinks tax” levied by Dan Onorato in Allegheny County may spread across the state if he becomes governor, Keystone State restaurants are including a message about the “Onorato tax” on receipts warning customers about the Democrat’s agenda.

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