2010 Governors' Races: Advantage GOP

Count on Republicans controlling a clear majority of the states after the November elections.

Big GOP gains this election year will extend well beyond Congress --and include the state officeholders with a much more direct influence on most voters. While the national parties duke it out for control of Congress and President Obama braces for losses, there’s a huge number of hot governors’ races shaping up, most of which favor Republicans. Thirty-seven states are electing governors this year -- 19 states where Democrats currently control the governor’s mansion and 18 where Republicans are in charge.

Republicans will do well overall, netting a gain of a half dozen to a dozen. That’s significant considering that the current breakdown of governors nationally is 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans. Governors not only manage state affairs as chief executives but also direct state agencies, craft budgets, manage state emergencies and negotiate with state legislatures. They’ll also have a large hand in directing how congressional districts will be redrawn after the 2010 Census is complete.

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Richard Sammon
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter