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Wed Oct 14, 2020, 08:26 AM

BTRTN 2020 Election Snapshot: Election Night Yawner in Governor Races?

Born To Run The Numbers provides its snapshot for all of the races for Governor in the 2020 election. It's looking a whole lot like there is not going to be much difference in which party holds the Governors' seats...


Excerpts:"It has been quite a year for governors. After a bevy of them failed quite badly in the presidential stakes, with the onset of COVID-19, governors suddenly became household names as they managed through the crisis, either battling with or kowtowing to Donald Trump. But precious few of them will be able to capitalize on their new-found higher profiles with reelection efforts in 2020.
Current Governors Jay Inslee of Washington and Steve Bullock of Montana, and formers governors John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Mark Sanford of South Carolina, and Deval Patrick and William Weld, both of Massachusetts, all vied for the presidency in this last cycle, and not one recorded a single delegate. In fact, most were gone before the Iowa caucuses, and none made any imprint whatsoever on the race.
"With all that in mind, one might think that 2020 would be rife with opportunities for voters to hold governors accountable for their COVID management, and play a role in future representation decisions. But, sadly, that will not be the case. As it happens, only 11 governors are up for reelection in 2020, seven Republicans (one of whom is retiring) and four Democrats (one of whom is termed out). Most of those elections will not be terribly competitive.Currently Democrats control 24 state houses, while the Republicans hold 26. This was the result of an epic showing in 2018, when the Blue Wave extended to the gubernatorial races. There were a whopping 36 races for governor that year, and Democrats picked up an impressive seven seats. But the Dems will be hard-pressed to build on that momentum in 2020. Indeed, they may even lose a seat..."

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