Skip to comments.Democrats on defense in 2012 governors' races
Posted on 02/26/2012 8:12:25 PM PST by quantim
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are playing defense in governors' races in 2012, protecting eight seats - some in conservative states like North Carolina and Montana - while Republicans are safeguarding just four. But one of those is in Wisconsin, where a recall effort against incumbent Scott Walker has emerged as a national test of the confrontational measures many GOP governors have taken to balance state budgets.
Both parties agree the landscape is quite different than in 2010, where 37 states elected governors at the height of the economic downturn and amid roiling voter anger over government spending and debt. Republicans netted 6 new seats that year, including important presidential bellwether states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. There are currently 29 Republican governors, 20 Democrats and 1 independent.
This year, just 8 seats are up for grabs against a backdrop of a slowly improving national economy and a presidential contest that will draw a broader range of voters. Republicans are casting the contests as a referendum on their own party's leadership in tough times while Democrats are calling it a potential course correction after two years of GOP overreach.
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I’d love to know how these “reporters” can continue to say that the economy is improving when gas prices are rocketing out of control.
What economic factors have improved since 2010?
Since the 2010 elections, our national debt has increased by another $2.5 trillion. Our credit was downgraded. Gas is higher. The work/labor force has decreased to its lowest level in 30 years (allowing the unemployment rate to decrease). Food stamps have increased. Etc.
These lib writers just make it up.
That and republican “ overreach “ ?
Will ANY of these libs ask the ONE to stand on a stage with them?
The “official” unemployment rate has improved. But I know that they manipulate those numbers, and don’t measure things the same way they used to. The liberals are really pushing that as a leading economic indicator.
Don’t forget escalating food pices. Rising food costs are as significant as gasoline. The GOP candidates should be demanding the government put food and energy back into the inflation rate statistics.