Governor News & Analysis

Gubernatorial Report Shorts (July 8, 2014)

July 8, 2014 · 3:57 PM EDT

Colorado Governor. Republicans appear to have avoided their worst-case scenario. Some strategists feared that former Rep. Tom Tancredo would win the GOP nomination and his polarizing views on immigration would hurt the party’s chances of defeating Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R) chances of winning re-election.

Why Do We Suddenly Care About Races for Lt. Governor?

Nathan L. Gonzales June 6, 2014 · 9:50 AM EDT

The office of lieutenant governor is so important that five states don’t even have one, yet that hasn’t stopped the national political media from treating some contests for the office as crucial indicators of something.

In the recent primary runoff in Texas, anti-establishment conservative state Sen. Dan Patrick…

Gubernatorial Report Shorts (May 28, 2014) Georgia, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania

May 28, 2014 · 4:54 PM EDT

Georgia Governor. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) had no problem disposing of two challengers. He won renomination last week with 72 percent in the Republican primary. State Sen. Jason Carter was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Deal in general election. Democrats are banking heavily on the Carter…

Michigan: Midwest Melee

Nathan L. Gonzales May 9, 2014 · 4:00 PM EDT

Michigan has a little bit of everything this cycle- - a competitive gubernatorial race, an open seat race for the U.S. Senate, Republican congressional primaries between insiders and outsiders, crowded Democratic primaries in safe seats and a couple of Republican incumbents who are vulnerable in the general election.

Report Shorts (May 9, 2014) Georgia Governor, Hawaii Governor, North Carolina Senate, and more

Nathan L. Gonzales May 9, 2014 · 3:58 PM EDT

Florida’s 19th District. Businessman Curt Clawson won the special GOP primary and is the prohibitive favorite in the June special general election. The seat was open after GOP Rep. Trey Radel’s resignation.

Georgia Governor. Gov. Nathan Deal’s mishandling of the state’s winter storm response threw a bit of…

How to Ruin Your Interview With Stu Rothenberg

Nathan L. Gonzales May 2, 2014 · 10:38 AM EDT

After interviewing more than 1,000 candidates for the House and Senate with my colleague, Stu Rothenberg, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what makes him tick and what just plain ticks him off.

Over the course of the past 25 years, Stu has garnered somewhat of a…

Why Polls Still Show Democrats With Higher Marks Than Republicans

Stuart Rothenberg March 11, 2014 · 4:29 PM EDT

Political brands are important. If a candidate or political party has a damaged political brand, it’s harder for them to sell themselves to voters. But sometimes a poll’s top lines can be deceiving, so you need to look a little below the surface to understand what is going on.

Why Republican Candidates Will Run From .GOP Address

Nathan L. Gonzales March 7, 2014 · 11:54 AM EDT

A Republican group recently boasted about Republicans becoming “the only political party in history to run a Web ending.”

But it would be surprising if many Republican candidates are anxious to put .GOP behind their name.

The Republican State Leadership Committee led the effort to secure the…

Illinois Primaries: GOP Races Set Stage for November

Nathan L. Gonzales February 28, 2014 · 3:58 PM EDT

Illinois could host a handful of competitive congressional contests this November, but a trio of primaries on March 18 will set the stage for the general election. And while Democrats are focused on taking over governorships in some of the country’s largest states, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin,…

How Jamestown Associates Adapted and Prospered

Stuart Rothenberg February 24, 2014 · 12:29 PM EDT

You probably think the recent spat between the National Republican Senatorial Committee (and really the entire GOP establishment) and Jamestown Associates, a GOP consulting firm, is interesting because it reflects the fissure in the Republican Party. But after covering campaigns for decades, I think it’s also a fascinating story…