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


IA 2009 Archives


Iowa Governor’s Race 2009 Headlines Archives:

Culver’s bad week (Des Moines Register, 10/8/09)
Branstad decision stirs debate within GOP (Des Moines Register, 10/7/09)
How Branstad move affects other candidates (Des Moines Register, 10/7/09)
Branstad’s back (Sioux City Journal, 10/7/09)
Fong wants to eliminate state income tax (Sioux City Journal, 10/6/09)
“Back to the Future” for Iowa GOP? (Hawkeye Review, 10/5/09)
State budget faces $415M shortfall (Des Moines Register, 10/7/09)
GOP fall fundraiser to feature Pawlenty (Des Moines Register, 10/7/09)
Branstad to file paperwork for 2010 campaign (Des Moines Register, 10/7/09)
Fong’s campaign stop closed to the media (Sioux City Journal, 10/5/09)
Film tax credit agency under investigation (Des Moines Register, 10/5/09)
Iowa Dems not waiting to whack Branstad (Des Moines Register, 10/5/09)
Rants launches new “99 ideas” web site (Des Moines Register, 10/5/09)
Fong: Republicans can’t “sound so angry” (Carroll Daily Times Herald, 10/1/09)
Fong: Iowa needs “problem solvers” (Mason City Globe Gazette, 9/30/09)
Farm bureau wades into budget debate (Des Moines Register, 9/29/09)
Culver foresees a rough political stretch (Des Moines Register, 9/28/09)
Rants turns sights on Branstad (Iowa Independent, 9/28/09)
Branstad has 20-point lead over Culver (Des Moines Register, 9/24/09)
GOP candidates on film tax credit scandal (Des Moines Register, 9/23/09)
Rants goes after Branstad (Radio Iowa, 9/21/09)
Culver strategy: pose and spin budget (Des Moines Register, 9/17/09)
Iowa Dems launch site to defend Culver (Des Moines Register, 9/16/09)
Fong offers public pensions solutions (Des Moines Register, 9/16/09)
Lessons from an Iowa House race (The Daily Iowan, 9/16/09)
Dems come out swinging at Branstad (Iowa Independent, 9/16/09)
Fong’s religious focus remarkable, risky (Des Moines Register, 9/15/09)
Revisiting Branstad’s 1994 run (Politically Speaking, 9/15/09)
Draft Branstad PAC airs radio ad (Des Moines Register, 9/14/09)
Group launches marriage vote drive at forum (Mason City Globe Gazette, 9/13/09)
GOP Guber candidates target same-sex unions (Des Moines Register, 9/13/09)
Rants: candidates must be honest (Des Moines Register, 9/12/09)
Fong: Iowa needs Christ-like leadership (Des Moines Register, 9/12/09)
Vander Plaats: values will guide him as guv (Des Moines Register, 9/12/09)
Roberts: Nice guys can be great leaders (Des Moines Register, 9/12/09)
Vander Platts: I will repeal gay marriage (Pam’s House Blend, 9/10/09)
Vander Plaats keeps focus on conservatives (Des Moines Register, 9/10/09)
Predicting Iowa’s political future no sure thing (Mason City Globa Gazette, 9/6/09)
Culver blasts Branstad on taxes (Des Moines Register, 9/4/09)
Branstad taking steps toward another guv run (Des Moines Register, 9/1/09)
Rants questions Vander Plaats’ ability to lead (Sioux City Journal, 9/1/09)
Fong tries to make flood response a campaign issue (Mason City Globe Gazette, 8/28/09)
Anonymous web ad attacks Branstad (Iowa Independent, 8/26/09)
Dems: Fong’s ad is inaccurate (Iowa Independent, 8/24/09)
Branstad might be the answer (Fort Dodge Messenger, 8/23/09)
Leaflet targets Branstad from the right (Des Moines Register, 8/23/09)
Bipartisan agreement: Branstad is running (Des Moines Register, 8/21/09)
New GOP poll shows Culver beating everyone but Branstad (Des Moines Register, 8/21/09)
GOP poll shows Branstad high approval and name ID (Des Moine Register, 8/20/09)

Branstad talk having “chilling effect” on GOP field (Mason City Globe Gazette, 8/13/09)
Possible Branstad candidacy has “chilling effect” on GOP field (Mason City Globe Gazette, 8/13/09)
GOP candidates wooing State Fair goers (Des Moines Register, 8/13/09)
Culver says draft-Branstad movement is helping him (WQAD, 8/12/09)
Culver confident of reelection (Des Moines Register, 8/12/09)
Rants: GOPers must offer solutions (Ft. Dodge Messenger, 8/12/09)
Branstad doing well in county fair straw polls (Des Moines Register, 8/11/09)
Branstad remains silent about his plans (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 8/10/09)
Possible gov run puts spotlight on Branstad record (Des Moines Register, 8/7/09)
Culver sidesteps questions about the impact of a Branstad run (Des Moines Register, 8/6/09)
Culver defends focus on renewable energy (Forbes, 8/6/09)
Culver denies request to convene budget panel (Quad City Times, 8/5/09)
McKinley aide purchases Branstad domain (Iowa Independent, 8/3/09)
Fong launches effort to organize college campuses (RadioIowa, 8/3/09)
Low job returns spark GOP debate over Power Fund (Des Moines Register, 8/3/09)
Is Branstad coming back? (Politico, 8/3/09)
Branstad weighs in on possible guv run (KCCI, 8/2/09)
JULY 2009
Competitive GOP primary carries benefits, risks (Iowa Independent, 7/31/09)
Rants warns Culver on budget (Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 7/30/09)
2008 floods and gay marriage pushed Roberts toward guv run (Storm Lake Pilot Tribune, 7/30/09)
Kiernan to Rants: explain your financial mistakes (Des Moines Register, 7/27/09)
McKinley pushes state sovereignty bill (Iowa Independent, 7/27/09)
GOP Primary is getting nasty (Iowa Republican, 7/27/09)
Gay marriage issue diversion to real issues (Storm Lake Pilot Tribune, 7/27/09)
Iowa GOP chief excited about party’s prospects (Sioux City Journal, 7/27/09)
Pence rallies soul-searching IA GOP (Iowa Independent, 7/27/09)
Rants left state GOP in debt after 2008 elections (Des Moines Register, 7/26/09)
Republicans hoping for Branstad to make political comeback (Ballot Box, 7/24/09)
Fong editorial: Why I’m running for gov (Iowa Republican, 7/24/09)
GOP hopefuls outline their campaign themes (Des Moines Register, 7/23/09)
Rep. King absent from GOP race, but still undecided (Des Moines Register, 7/23/09)
Four of five GOP gov candidates want to reinstate death penalty (Iowa Politics, 7/23/09)
GOP candidates take aim at “vulnerable” Culver (KCCI TV, 7/23/09)
Forum exposes division among GOP candidates (Des Moines Register, 7/22/09)
Branstad considering run for a fifth term? (WHO-TV, 7/22/09)
GOP Forum: Fong impresses, Behn slides (Des Moines Register, 7/22/09)
McKinley would quit leadership post if guv run continues (Des Moines Register, 7/21/09)
Fong raises $100K in three weeks (Des Moines Register, 7/21/09)
Roberts announces guv run (Iowa Independent, 7/21/09)
Fong, Rants want to give more authority to voters (Covering Iowa, 7/21/09)
Iowa unemployment hits 22 year high (Newton Daily News, 7/20/09)
Culver causes Dems headaches with lack of support for public option (Des Moines Register, 7/19/09)
Rod Roberts to explore gubernatorial campaign (Chicago Tribune, 7/17/09)
GOP poll shows Branstad would beat Culver (Quad City Times, 7/17/09)
Fong hires seasoned GOP adviser to lead campaign (Des Moines Register, 7/16/09)
Vander Plaats leads GOP field in poll (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier , 7/16/09)
Radio host slams Fong for not condemning gay marriage (Iowa Independent, 7/13/09)
Rundown of the Republican Gov roster (Des Moines Register, 7/12/09)
McKinley’s business background is driving campaign (Des Moines Register, 7/12/09)
Culver building campaign team (Iowa Independent, 7/10/09)
King casts sole vote against Capitol slave marker (Sioux City Journal, 7/9/09)
Can a conservative GOPer win governor’s race? (Chicago Tribune, 7/8/09)
Fong dusting off Obama playbook (Bleeding Heartland, 7/7/09)
State GOP Chair says legislators and party will work in unison (Des Moines Register, 7/7/09)
McKinley exploring GOP run (The Iowa Republican, 7/7/09)
Vander Plaats plans to move against gay marriage (Fort Dodge Messenger, 7/2/09)
Is Iowa budget balanced? Depends on partisan perspective (WHO-TV, Ch 13, 7/2/09)
Budget shortfall; political blame game ensues (Des Moines Register, 7/1/09)
JUNE 2009
Vander Plaats calls for government reorganization (, 6/25/09)
Culver predicts state will end fiscal year with balanced budget (Mason City Globe Gazette, 6/19/09)
Vander Plaats attacks Rants over gay marriage stance (Iowa Independent, 6/18/09)
Rants announces formation of exploratory committee (Chicago Tribune, 6/18/09)
Republicans in disarray, search for someone to beat Culver (Chicago Tribune, 6/17/09)