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


TN 2009 Archives


Tennessee Gubernatorial Headlines 2009 Archives

Education to be topic of Oct 26 candidate forum (Blount Today, 10/1/09)
Family name not always a winner in politics (Tennessee Ticket, 10/1/09)
Haslam decides against grandstanding over guns in parks law (Knoxville Metro Pulse, 9/30/09)
Editorial: It would be a shame if gov choice came down to guns in parks position (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/29/09)
Racism just hidden better in 2009 (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 9/27/09)
Democrats views on guns in parks varies (Knoxnews, 9/27/09)
Political rivals attack Haslam on guns (Kingsport Times News, 9/25/09)
Wamp, secession and God – (VIDEO) (Nashville Scene, 9/25/09)
Gubernatorial rivals blast Haslam on guns (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/24/09)
Herron wins Dems’ first straw poll (The Tennesseean, 9/22/09)
Ramsey wins GOP straw poll (Nashville Post, 9/22/09)
McWherter campaign admits to dropping ball at straw poll (Nashville City Paper, 9/21/09)
Is Wamp called by God to be Gov? (Nashville Scene, 9/21/09)
Kyle chastises secessionist impulse in GOP (Nashville Post, 9/21/09)
In TN, women more prominent in GOP than Democratic Party (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/20/09)
Politics takes center stage in mid-state (WSMV tv, 9/19/09)
Is another GOP tsunami coming in TN in 2010? (Nashville Scene, 9/17/09)
With GOP stoking anti-Obama fears, old times in TN are not forgotten (Nashville Scene, 9/16/09)
Wamp has the passion on the campaign trail (Knoxville Metro Pulse, 9/16/09)
Haslam sees education as key to gov race (Greeneville Sun, 9/15/09)
Gibbons critical of NRA (Nashville Scene, 9/13/09)
GOP candidates woo conservative Eagle Forum (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/12/09)
Wamp & Ramsey at GOP picnic (Greeneville Sun, 9/12/09)
First gathering of all Dem gov candidates sold-out (The Tennessean, 9/10/09)
Wamp sounds like an old-time Dixiecrat (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/10/09)
McMillan’s spokesman leaves campaign (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 9/9/09)
Wamp’s internal summer poll shows him ahead (Politico, 9/9/09)
Jeri Thompson to host Wamp fundraiser (Politico, 9/9/09)
Ramsey at tea party: TN is “island of sanity” (Kingsport Times-News, 9/7/09)
Clinton & Gore reunite in Tennessee (Politico, 8/29/09)
Ramsey as boring as Bob Dole? (Nashville Scene, 8/27/09)
GOP primary race centers on Nashville (The Tennesseean, 8/27/09)
Gov candidates talk taxes, budget, Wamp talks about “godly” TN (Nashville Public Radio, 8/26/09)
Gibbons stakes out lonely position on guns in GOP primary (Nashville Scene, 8/21/09)
Can you win the GOP primary while talking smack on guns? (,8/21/09)
Gibbons aims to raise $2M by end of year (Nashville Scene, 8/20/09)
Wamp wants to get rid of employer-based health insurance (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 8/19/09)
Wamp pledges no tax increases as governor (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 8/18/09)
Haslam’s fundraising lead is statewide (Memphis Commercial Appeal, 8/18/09)
Halsam dominates Knoxville fundraising (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/16/09)
Bundled donations common in TN gov race (The Tennessean, 8/13/09)
Ramsey demands apology from Pelosi (CQ Politics, 8/13/09)
Wamp internal poll: Wamp leads in name ID (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/13/09)
A conversation with Kim McMillan (Knoxviews, 8/12/09)
Kyle announces his gov run (Memphis Daily News, 8/12/09)
Haslam, Ramsey use campaign finance loophole to raise money (Kingsport Times News, 8/11/09)
Gibbons: message will trump money (Memphis Commercial Appeal, 8/11/09)
Gibbons concedes fundraising is lackluster (Nashville Post, 8/11/09)
Recession may force TN to restructure how govt operates (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/10/09)
The coming budget crisis – potential govs are clueless (Nashville Scene, 8/10/09)
Is McWherter acting like the Dem nod is his? (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/8/09)
Ramsey taking heat from Dem bloggers over Stanley sex scandal (Kingsport Times News, 8/7/09)
Ramsey kicks of gov run (, 8/6/09)
Gibbons launches “groundbreaking” social network (The Tennessean, 8/5/09)
Ramsey shares vision for state with Chamber of Commerce (Blount Today, 8/5/09)
Who is most damaged by the sex scandals? (Nashville Scene, 8/5/09)
Cammack campaign nearing the end? (Nashville Scene, 8/4/09)
Guv candidates raise over $1 million for general election (Memphis Commercial Appeal, 8/4/09)
Will TN Highway Patrol scandals seep into guv race? (Nashville Scene, 8/4/09)
5 of 7 candidates raising money they can’t spend (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/3/09)
Wamp and Ramsey chase the “crazy” vote (Nashville Scene, 8/3/09)
JULY 2009
Ramsey 1st guv candidate to oppose Alexander’s support of Sotomayor (WHNT-TV, 7/31/09)
GOP Gov contenders highlight their differences (Memphis Daily News, 7/31/09)
Zach Wamp and the C Street Band (MetroPulse, 7/29/09)
Ramsey highlights his role in showing Stanley the door (Memphis Flyer, 7/29/09)
In Stanley scandal, Ramsey looks like a chump (Nashville Scene, 7/29/09)
Internal GOP split may prevent party from making TN history (MetroPulse, 7/29/09)
Cammack: business experience will help state thrive (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 7/29/09)
Wamp details his “20/20″ vision (Kingsport Times News, 7/27/09)
Haslam: Air war is not enough to win (Knoxnews, 7/27/09)
Stanley affair (and blackmail) distracts TN GOP (Memphis Commercial Appeal, 7/26/09)
Would-be governors tussle in Congress (CQ Politics, 7/25/09)
Three Dem hopefuls have backed income tax in the past (7/24/09)
Ensign donating to Wamp’s guv campaign (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/23/09)
Gibbons stumps on anti-crime message (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/23/09)
Ramsey raises over $1.3 million (Bristol Herald Courier, 7/23/09)
A closer look at campaign reports (Nashville Scene, 7/16/09)
Gibbons names bipartisan group of AGs to his leadership team (, 7/16/09)
Does GOP lead in fundraising race mean they are favored to win in 2010? (Nashville Scene, 7/16/09)
Wamp caught up in national controversy (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/15/09)
Herron, McWherter each raise $650K (Nashville Scene, 7/14/09)
Democratic candidates gather for “Muster on the Mount” (Bristol Herald Courier, 7/12/09)
GOP candidates meet in Nashville with party activists (The Tennessean, 7/12/09)
Opponents play down importance of Haslam’s fundraising haul (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/12/09)
GOPers state positions on concealed guns in bars (, 7/11/09)
Wamp hurt by his association to C Street fellowship? (Knoxville News, 7/11/09)
Herron leading the Dem pack in online fundraising (, 7/8/09)
Unknown Joe Kirkpatrick running as GOPer (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/7/09)
Haslam using proven fundraisers in campaign (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/6/09)
McMillan a long shot for governor (Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, 7/5/09)
GOP candidates announce fundraising totals (The Tennessean, 7/3/09)
Dem Kyle coy about gubernatorial plans (, 7/2/09)
JUNE 2009
The strategy of financial reporting deadlines (, 6/28/09)
Is Cammack’s campaign already dead in the water? (Nashville Scene, 6/24/09)
Ramsey allies fail to change state fundraising rules (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/23/09)
GOPer Haslam may have trouble with gun advocates (Nashville City Paper, 4/9/09)