June 21, 2010

NAILING THE RUST BELT:

Five governor's races could indicate GOP success in 2012 (Chris Cillizza, 6/21/10, Washington Post)

The roots of a Republican political renaissance in 2012 lie in the Rust Belt.

That swath of manufacturing- based states in the Midwest -- Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan -- with tentacles that reach as far east as Pennsylvania, has been the epicenter of the economic difficulties in the country over the past few years.

Each state is hosting a competitive gubernatorial race this fall. Republicans argue that a clean sweep (or close to it) would immediately change the electoral calculus heading into the nationwide redistricting in 2011 and President Obama's reelection race in 2012.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2010 5:42 AM
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