Republican Governors Trailing Democratic Opponents In Five States
Along with capturing the House, Republicans also made headlines in 2010 by capturing a slew of Governor’s races, including races in states like Pennsylvania where Democrats seemed to be dominant. Those Governors elected in 2010 are up for re-election in 2014, though, and many of them are in trouble:
The polls, conducted by the Democratic-leaning PPP on behalf of MoveOn.org found the Democratic candidates in Maine, Kansas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida leading the Republican candidates.
• In Maine PPP found Republican Gov. Paul LePage (pictured) trailing Rep. Mike Michaud (D) 37 percent to 44 percent.
• In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) trails Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis 41 percent to 45 percent.
• In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is behind the generic potential Democratic candidate by double digits. PPP found Corbett trailing the generic candidate 56 percent to 34 percent.
• In the Georgia gubernatorial race, state Sen. Jason Carter (D) just barely leads Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) 43 percent to 42 percent.
• In Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leads Gov. Rick Scott (R), 49 percent to 42 percent.
Republicans will likely still pull of victories in at least some of these states. Governor LePage in Maine, for example, could benefit from the presence of a strong third party candidate in the race like he did in 2010. Kansas seems like a state that’s more likely to elect a Republican than a Democrat at this point, so there’s definitely hope for Governor Brownback. Finally, the races in Georgia and Florida are close enough at this point that one may as well call the race a toss up. The one state where things seem pretty much over for the Republican incumbent even this early is Pennsylvania, where Tom Corbett’s poll numbers remain in the same hole that they’ve been in for about the past two years.
Nonetheless, these state level races, as well as others in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, are worth paying attention to. In no small part because some of the men (and possibly women) running for re-election as Governor this year could run for President in 2016 and/or end up on the short list of potential running mates for the eventual Republican nominee.