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


NE: Red State Blues – Heineman to Get a Free Pass?

By · Jul, 12 2010

In the wake of Mark Lakers’ embarrassing yet necessary withdrawal from the Nebraska guber contest, it’s looking increasingly as though the Dems won’t even field a challenger to incumbent Dave Heineman this fall.

With less than four months left in the election cycle, Democrats are weighing the pros and cons of whether or not to field a candidate.

Any candidate would need the equivalent of a political miracle to defeat Republican Gov. Dave Heineman and his $1.5 million war chest at this late hour.

The question then becomes whether it is better to have at least someone’s name on the ballot to give voters a choice or to take the hit now and skip the election.

“If it’s just to have somebody on the ballot, I think it’s a waste of everybody’s time,” said State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, who echoed what several Democrats have said publicly and privately — then said he would not run.

Coupled with South Dakota Democrats’ failure to field a candidate to challenge US Senator John Thune (which does have repercussions as it frees Thune up to help others with their campaigns), a stark reality is emerging.

The American Prairie is becoming a region of one party GOP dominance.

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