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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Jun
20

MI: PollWatch (EPIC-MRA) Cox Passes Hoekstra

By · Jun, 20 2010

Attorney General Mike Cox has erased a 12-point deficit to Rep. Pete Hoekstra in the Michigan GOP gubernatorial primary, according to Lansing-based pollster EPIC/MRA. ¬†He’s been hoarding endorsements from a smorgasbord of conservative special interests groups and Republican leaders. In May, Hoekstra led Cox by a 30%-18% margin.

On the Democratic side, House Speaker Andy Dillon has expanded his slim lead over Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero to ten, 34%-24%, although a huge bloc of Democratic voters (42%) remain undecided six weeks before the August 3 primary.

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The pollster credits Cox’s rise to his trifecta of ¬†endorsements from Michigan Right to Life, the state Chamber of Commerce and GOP insiders Betsy and Dick DeVos. Cox has ¬†established himself as the establishment candidate in the race.

But that hasn’t necessarily been a good thing this year.

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