Governor News & Analysis

The Republican Brand’s Recovery Tour — Sort Of

Stuart Rothenberg September 17, 2014 · 11:19 AM EDT

There was a time, a little less than a year ago, when Democrats salivated at the thought of running against the GOP brand and demonizing Republican candidates by attacking them and their party for “shutting down the government.”

But the Republican brand has largely recovered from its low…

Democratic Hopes Shine Brighter in Gubernatorial Races

Nathan L. Gonzales September 12, 2014 · 4:28 PM EDT

Some of the best news of the election cycle for Democrats continues to be in gubernatorial races.

With the Senate majority in a precarious position and trying to stem further losses in the House, Democrats have the opportunity to capture a handful of governorships, including big states such…

Gubernatorial Report Shorts (August 15, 2014)

Nathan L. Gonzales August 15, 2014 · 3:01 PM EDT

Connecticut Governor. Former Ambassador Tom Foley won the GOP nomination, 56 percent to 44 percent, against state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney on Tuesday. Foley will now face Gov. Dan Malloy (D) in the general election in a rematch of 2010, which was decided by less than 1 percent…

New Poll Numbers Reinforce Bush-Obama Comparisons

Stuart Rothenberg August 7, 2014 · 9:31 AM EDT

My last column, which argued President Barack Obama’s situation going into his second midterm closely resembled President George W. Bush’s standing going into his second midterm, is reinforced in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

When I filed the column on Monday, I used the…

President George W. Obama Meets the Midterms

Stuart Rothenberg August 7, 2014 · 9:30 AM EDT

I certainly didn’t know foreign policy would be front and center in the final months before the midterm elections when I wrote in late April that these issues “could have an indirect yet significant impact on the midterm elections.”

But now, it looks increasingly as if foreign…

Instead of Waves, Dems Looking to Make a Splash in Big Gubernatorial Races

Nathan L. Gonzales August 1, 2014 · 3:03 PM EDT

Democrats are looking at a very rough cycle in the House and a potentially disastrous outcome in the Senate, but gubernatorial races might offer some rare bright spots on Election Night.

Unlike the Senate playing field, Democrats have a large number of offensive opportunities in gubernatorial races, including…

2014 Gubernatorial Overview (August 1, 2014) Alabama - Illinois

Nathan L. Gonzales August 1, 2014 · 3:02 PM EDT

ARIZONA -- Open; Jan Brewer (R), term-limited. August 26 primary.
The crowded Republican race to replace Brewer is coming down to two candidates: State Treasurer Doug Ducey and former General Counsel Christine Jones. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and four others are also…

2014 Gubernatorial Overview (August 1, 2014) Iowa - New Mexico

Nathan L. Gonzales August 1, 2014 · 3:01 PM EDT

IOWA -- Terry Branstad (R), elected 2010 (53%); elected 1982 (53%), 1986 (52%), 1990 (61%) and 1994 (57%).
Any Democratic hopes of defeating Gov. Branstad with state Sen. Jack Hatch are quickly fading away. Most of the political oxygen in the state is focused on the open seat…

2014 Gubernatorial Overview (August 1, 2014) New York - Wyoming

Nathan L. Gonzales August 1, 2014 · 3:00 PM EDT

OHIO -- John Kasich (R), elected 2010 (49%).
Gov. Kasich started the cycle near the top of every Democratic target list and he struggled at the beginning of his term when a statewide initiation repeal his effort to restrict collective bargaining. But Kasich reversed course, backed Medicaid expansion…

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.