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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FL: DGA “Going for Broke” in the Sunshine State

By · Oct, 19 2010

Winning the Florida Governor’s Mansion would be a bright spot that could wash away a lot of the pain Democrats are expected to be feeling on November 3rd.  An Alex Sink victory in the critical battleground state would have redistricting and 2012 campaign implications.

From Chris Cillizza:

The Democratic Governors Association has transferred another $500,000 to the Florida Democratic Party, bringing its investment in the open seat gubernatorial race to $6 million.In addition to the latest cash infusion, DGA Chairman Jack Markell will be in the Sunshine State today to campaign with state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) in Broward County.

With all the attention and money being lavished on it, it’s no secret that Florida is perhaps Democrats’ top priority as a pickup opportunity at the gubernatorial level.

Not only has Florida been among the swingiest states in the last three presidential elections, it’s also slated to gain two seats in the 2011 reapportionment and whichever party controls the governorship will have significant say over the line drawing process.

Polling suggests that Sink and wealthy former health care CEO Rick Scott (R) are running neck and neck, and, despite Scott’s significant personal wealth, the Republican Governors Association has spent considerable money in the state and continues to fund ads bashing Sink.

The DGA’s continued investment in Florida — particularly in light of the RGA’s considerable cash edge in the final weeks of the campaign — make clear that the party is going for broke in the Sunshine State.

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