Amidst the embarras de richesses of House and Senate seat pickups Republicans anticipate this midterm election cycle, one plum reward they shouldn’t forget is their likely aggressive gains in gubernatorial contests across the country.
A record-breaking 37 states are holding governor’s races this November—the same number of seats open in the Senate, which has twice the number of positions as the country has governorships. Republicans hold 24 out of 50 governorships but will probably have at least 30 after November 2. RealClearPolitics identifies 9 elections as “Safe GOP” and none as “Safe Dem.” Republicans beat Democrats in the “Likely” category (5 to 4) and the “Leans” category (7 to 5).
Rasmussen Reports notes, “No states with a Republican governor are considered likely to elect a Democrat in November. But eight states now headed by Democrats—Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming—are seen as likely GOP pickups.”
The allocation of governorships is important in and of itself, but also has implications for the U.S. House of Representatives, given the role of governors in reapportioning districts for House seats based on the 2010 Census. read more »