Skip to comments.GOP braces for potential wipeout in governors' races
Posted on 11/06/2018 12:42:37 PM PST by yesthatjallen
The ranks of Republican governors are poised to thin after this years midterm elections, and some party strategists are bracing for major Democratic gains even in some of the most conservative states in the country.
Voters in 36 states will elect governors on Tuesday, including 26 states where Republicans currently hold the top job. Democrats are defending nine seats, and both sides are fighting over Alaska, where independent Gov. Bill Walker dropped his reelection bid late last month.
Virtually all of the most contested races are being fought on Republican turf.
Democrats are overwhelmingly likely to pick up governorships in Illinois, where Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) is running a long-shot bid for reelection, and New Mexico, where Gov. Susana Martinez (R) faces term limits.
Polls also show Democratic nominees ahead in open seat races in Michigan, Maine and Florida; of the 33 public surveys taken in Florida since the Aug. 28 primary, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) has led former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) in 32.
In Nevada, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak (D) is running even with or just ahead of Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R).
Two high-profile races in which Republican governors are retiring, in Ohio and Georgia, remain virtual toss-ups. Former Attorney General Richard Cordray (D) is tied with current Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) in Ohio, and former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) is locked in an increasingly contentious battle with Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) in Georgia.
Democrats are even running close to Republicans in Kansas and South Dakota, two deep-red states. The partys nominees are narrowly trailing or tied with Republican candidates in Oklahoma, New Hampshire and Alaska.
These are all replays of 2014 races, which were such a low watermark for Democrats, said Thad Kousser, a political scientist who studies state politics at the University of California-San Diego. The Democrats probably cant do any worse than Democrats did in the 2014 election.
Republicans were virtually certain to give back some states to Democrats, given the zenith they reached after the 2014 elections. Republicans hold 33 of 50 governorships, the most the party has ever held.
Polling shows that Democrats could have a good night, but theres no clear evidence of a blue wave, said Jon Thompson, a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association. Republicans record fundraising and strong candidate recruitment gives the party a high chance of victory in numerous races.
it’s been a while for most of those states. they will quickly remember why they stopped electing dem governors.
Here in PA we have a Lefty Dem Gov, who will almost certainly be re-elected, this time with a far-left radical Socialist as his Lt. Gov.
It’s “The Hill.”
The donkeys must be fixing to take a bath.
-—Its The Hill.
The donkeys must be fixing to take a bath.-—
The Hill is like a root canal. Everything posted here by them is a leftist dog’s breakfast.
If the republican guy didn’t suck so bad, the democrat would have been out.
Pennsylvania going with Wolf and Casey for senate will pull votes from Republicans down the ticket.
Is the Hill leftist? I don’t read articles from that source so I don’t know.
I don’t think it is going to be as bad, might lose a governor’s seat or two, but it is certainly not going to be a “muh blue wave”
Yeh, the GA gubernatorial race is so close Kemp is now polling 12 pts ahead of Abrams.
No kidding. Maybe that's because most governors are Republican.
It only takes one term
Like when Dinkins was mayor here in NYC
“The Hill” is just about the most vile piece of garbage going.
Colorado might go back to R. No mention of that.
Oh lookee here, its the same story that the MSM has been running since 2017, recycled for Election Day with a fresh title and the same old message.
A lot of dim lovers here in SC.
Plenty of signs for the commie wannabe goobernair.
The 3 big states will go GOP, Texas, Fl. and Ga. They must be speaking to the typical loser GOP people.
I don’t see how a republican goes and votes for republicans but chooses a democratic governor? I truly hope their taxes go up and their housing value goes down and their retirement drains
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