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



michigan-stampIncumbent: Jay Nixon (D) Incumbent Running for Re-election

Primary Election:
General Election:

STATUS: Incumbent Running
RATING: Lean Democratic

2004 Result: Matt Blunt defeats Claire McCaskill, 51%-48%
2008 Result:
Jay Nixon defeats Kenny Hulshof, 58-40%

Missouri Governor’s Race Headlines

Jay Nixon


Peter Kinder

Local News/Blogs:
Fired Up! Missouri (progressive)
Show Me Progress (progressive)
The Missouri Record (conservative)

Rasmussen: Nixon maintains strong job approval numbers, 60-34% (10/19/12)
Rasmussen: Nixon boasts high job approval numbers – 61-34% (8/23/12)
Survey USA: Nixon comfortably ahead of GOP nominee Spence, 51-37% (8/12/12)
Rasmussen: Nixon holds positive job approval rating 51-37% (8/1/12)
Rasmussen: Nixon’s job approval rating jumps 10 points, stands at 60% (4/19/12)
Public Policy Polling: In GOP primary, Randles has early edge over Spence (1/31/12)
Public Policy Polling: Nixon up big over Kinder, beats all Republicans but Danforth in matchups (9/14/11)
Wilson Perkins Allen (GOP internal): Nixon leads Kinder 48-41% (8/22/11)
Public Policy Polling: Nixon remains ahead with positive job approval numbers (5/4/11)
Public Policy Polling: Nixon leads Lt. Gov. Kinder by seven (3/11/11)
Public Policy Polling: Nixon looking good for second term (12/3/10)
Wilson Research Strategies: Nixon has slim lead in potential matchup against Kinder, 45-42% (12/1/10)

State Resources:

Local Think Tanks/Advocacy Groups