October 31, 2004


Governors Elections in 11 U.S. States Tuesday (Michael Conlon, 10/31/04, Reuters)

Voters in 11 U.S. states elect governors on Tuesday in contests overshadowed by the fight for the White House but not always influenced by it.

Republicans currently control 28 governorships to 22 for the Democrats. It appears there could be some turnovers, but the net gain or loss for both parties may be about the same when the dust settles, depending on a number of tight races.

While governors often break ground with new policy agendas, this is a light year for such races and the contests have turned on local and regional economic issues rather than the national ones dominating the race for the presidency.

The contests, ranked by state population:

It'd be especially helpful to add West Virginia and Indiana.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2004 11:48 AM

NC and WA are more likely to turn than WV (Republicans have better candidates there).

As a Hoosier at heart, I'm proud to say that Indiana Dems are starting to give up on keeping Acting Governor Joe Kernan in office, and Mitch Daniels looks like the inevitable winner. This would mean that every state I have lived in now has a Republican governor.

Posted by: AC at October 31, 2004 12:14 PM


More likely, but less helpful. An aged Senator Byrd and a moderate Senator Bayh make the other two more attractive.

Posted by: oj at October 31, 2004 12:53 PM

I'm a Republican in WV. I'm voting third-party this year.

Why? The GOP nominee embodies the worst fo WV GOP politics--the promotion of incompetence via nepotism. He is the brother of the US attorney for SDWV, the brother of the state party chair, the brother of a former state senator, and the son of a former delegate and hasn't lived in the state for 30 years. He is, to his credit, a veteran of 25 years of military service, but he commenced his political career here by running for governor without any record or strong plan to help the state recover. He won by running in third place statewide in a primary field which featured strong regional candidates, and it was his effort to placate his primary opponents which resulted in the appointment of Mayor Richie Robb as a potential faithless Bush elector.

Against him stands a Democrat who is a cross between PA Gov. Casey's platform (good) and AR Gov. Clinton's opportunism (bad). He is up by 30+ points in the polls.

I choose to vote for neither. WV's governorship stays D. Pres. Bush has (wisely) chosen to run as far as he can from Warner.

Posted by: cornetofhorse at October 31, 2004 12:56 PM

Agree on Byrd, but Rep. Shelley Moore Capito would be a strong candidate to fill his seat in a special election or retirement regardless of gov (how many years did Dems salivate over replacing Strom?).

Bayh will be moderate until '08--he was born to run for Pres. Govs in WA and NC may help Republicans take Maria Cantwell's seat in '06 and hold Liddy Dole's seat if she quits after one term in '08. Besides, it sounds like WV's Republican party isn't ready to govern yet.

Posted by: AC at October 31, 2004 3:54 PM