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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Michigan

michigan-stampIncumbent: Rick Snyder (R)

Primary Election: August 3, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: OPEN SEAT
RATING: Toss-Up

RECENT ELECTION RESULTS:
2002 Result: Granholm wins 51%-47%.
2006 Result:
Granholm wins 56%-42%.

Michigan Governor’s Race Headlines

Democrats:
Virg Bernero
Andy Dillon

Republicans:
Mike Brouchard Web Site
Mike Cox                         Web Site twitter facebook
Tom George Web Site twitter YouTube facebook
Pete Hoekstra               Web Site twitter YouTube facebook
Rick Snyder Web Site twitter YouTube facebook

Local News/Blogs:
Blogging for Michigan
Michigan Messenger
Outside Lansing.com

PollWatch:
Public Policy Polling: Schauer leads Snyder by 4 points (6/4/13)
Public Policy Polling: Snyder’s numbers still down in the dumps (3/6/13)
Public Policy Polling: Gov Snyder and Michigan GOP in trouble after Right to Work, Snyder approval at 38-56% (12/18/12)
Public Policy Polling: Snyder’s job approval numbers improve markedly, 47-37% (11/2/12)
Rasmussen: Snyder job approval numbers still underwater, 46-48% (10/15/12)
Rasmussen: Snyder job approval rating slips into negative territory again, 46-51% (9/20/12)
Detroit News/WDIV: Snyder job approval ratings improve, 48-39% (8/24/12)
Public Policy Polling: Snyder approval raging slips, to 37%-52% (5/29/12)
Rasmussen Reports: Snyder’s job approval rating at 47-49% (2/8/12)
EPIC/MRA: Snyder’s favorability slips into negative territory, 41-43% (5/3/11)
Rasmussen: Snyder holds huge 20-point lead, 54-34% (10/17/10)
Foster McCollum White (Dem): Snyder ahead of Bernero, 50-37% (10/10/10)
Public Policy Polling: Snyder heading to blowout win, leads Bernero 52-31% (9/21/10)
Rasmussen: Snyder holds double-digit lead, 51-38% (9/20/10)
EPIC/MRA: Snyder’s lead over Bernero grows to 53%-29% (9/15/10)
Glengariff Group: Snyder leading GOP to victory statewide, 53-36% (9/9/10)
Mitchell Research: Snyder has solid lead, 53-26% (9/7/10)
EPIC/MRA: Snyder opens huge lead over Bernero, 51-29% (8/27/10)
Rasmussen: Snyder opens general election with 12-point lead, 49-37 (8/4/10)
EPIC/MRA: Tight 3-way in GOP primary: Snyder 26%, Cox 24%, Hoekstra 23%, Bouchard 10%, Undecided 14% (7/29/10)
EPIC/MRA: Bernero surges ahead of Dillon, 40-32 (7/29/10)
Detroit News: Bernero gains on Dillon in Dem race (7/20/10)
Detroit News: GOP primary a three-way contest (7/18/10)
EPIC/MRA: Cox catches Hoekstra, Dillon still leads (6/19/10)
Magellan Strategies (R): Hoekstra 26%, Snyder 20%, Cox 16%, Bouchard 11% (6/16/10)
Rasmussen: GOP holds edge in general election matchups (6/9/10)
EPIC/MRA: Hoekstra, Dillon lead primaries, Snyder strongest GOPer for November (6/2/10)
Public Policy Polling: Both primaries wide open – “undecided” lead both contests (6/1/10)
Rasmussen: Generic GOP leads nameless Dem, 41-36 (4/22/10)
Rasmussen: In Dem primary, nearly 2/3 are undecided or want someone else (4/22/10)
Rasmussen: Hoekstra leads GOP primary, although 32% remain undecided (4/22/10)
EPIC/MRA: Undeclared Feiger would win Dem primary (4/21/10)
EPIC/MRA: Republicans lead Dems in November matchups (3/31/10)
Rasmussen: Majority of Dem voters undecided on primary choice (3/24/10)
Rasmussen: With 1/3 undecided, Hoekstra leads GOP primary pack with 27% (3/24/10)
IMP-MRG: Dillon leads Dems, 3 atop GOP field, GOPers lead in November matchups (3/17/10)
EPIC/MRA: Hoekstra, Dillon lead crowded fields (2/26/10)
IMP-MRG: Toss-up general contest, tight GOP primary (September 23, 2009)

State Resources:
Mich Dept of State – Elections

Local Think Tanks/Advocacy Groups
The Center for Michigan

Former Candidates:

Democrats:

John Cherry Web Site twitter facebook

John Freeman           Web Site twitter facebook
George Perles
Alma Wheeler Smith    Web Site twitter facebook
Don Williamson Web Site

Republicans: