November 5, 2014

THE PARTY OF GOVERNMENT:

GOP Wins Big in Governor's Races, Too (MICHAEL WARREN, 11/05/14, Weekly Standard)

After making big gains in 2010, the GOP was playing defense in governor's races across the country. Democrats were itching to take back seats in supposedly friendly states in the northeast and Midwest: Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio, for starters. Republican governors looked weak even in states where they ought to have been strong, like Georgia and Kansas. National Democrats even talked early on about "turning Texas blue."

And Republicans actually winning governor's races in deep blue states like Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts? Forget about it.

But that's exactly what happened, and more. Republican Bruce Rauner toppled Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in Illinois. GOP Businessman Larry Hogan defeated the sitting Democratic lieutenant governor of Maryland, Anthony Brown, in a campaign that railed against the two-term incumbent Democrat Martin O'Malley. Democratic attorney general Martha Coakley of Massachusetts lost another race (after her failed Senate special election bid in 2010), this time to Republican Charlie Baker. In Arkansas, Democrat Mike Ross began trailing badly early in the race to succeed his fellow Democrat, Mike Beebe, and Republican Asa Hutchison cruised to victory. Bob Beauprez, Republican, currently has a small advantage over sitting Colorado Democratic governor John Hickenlooper, and Republican Tom Foley in Connecticut has a razor-thin lead on incumbent Democrat Dannel Malloy.




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