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



StateHouseRock is envisioned as a clearinghouse for information regarding the real 2010 political battlegrounds – the races for the nation’s governor chairs. During the course of the 2009-2010 midterm election cycle, voters in thirty-nine states will be electing their chief executive. In nearly half (eighteen) they will be choosing a new governor, as the incumbent will not be running.

Most of these officials will have at least a seat (if not veto power) over the redistricting process following the 2010 Census. All one has to do is simply recall the high-profile confrontation early this decade when newly-empowered Texas Republicans chased AWOL Democrats with Department of Homeland Security resources to force the passage of a Republican-friendly redistricting plan to recognize how important gubernatorial (and state legislative elections) can be to the balance of power in Washington.

Beyond redistricting, it could be argued that governors and the decisions made at the state level have a large impact on the daily lives of average Americans than the decisions made inside the Beltway. With this in mind, this site aims to discuss the gubernatorial campaigns including candidates, the local and national issues influencing the contest, campaign financing, and polling.