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Fix Poll: Markell as most underrated (by a nose!)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) is the most underrated governor in the country, according to votes cast by Fixistas.

Markell, who defeated Lt. Gov. John Carney in a Democratic primary in 2008 and then cruised to a general election victory, took 22 percent -- nudging out North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven (R) and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) who both received 21 percent of the vote.

Markell, despite his state's proximity to the nation's capital, has a relatively low profile nationally. He currently serves as the finance chair at the Democratic Governors Association and those national operatives who have dealt closely with him have come away impressed, however.

His path to the governorship was an interesting one. Markell worked for a telecommunications company known as Fleet Call in the late 1980s and 1990s where he worked closely with an investor in the company named Mark Warner, the same Mark Warner who went on to be elected governor of Virginia in 2001 and now represents the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate. (These are the sorts of facts that make "Almanac of American Politics" a must-have for political junkies. Don't want to spring for the book? The least you could do is follow the Almanac on Twitter.)

Markell was elected state Treasurer in 1998 and after winning re-election easily in 2002 and 2006, he decided to run for governor despite the fact that the outgoing Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D) had made clear that Carney was her choice. He beat Carney 51 percent to 49 percent in the primary and won the general election by 36 points.

Thanks to everyone -- more than 2,000 votes were cast -- who participated. Stay tuned for our next poll: the most overrated governor in the country!

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fix Poll  
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Comments

Gentlemen (and ladies):

Rudy Giuliani was never a governor. He was a mayor.

Posted by: Bondosan | October 23, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

DE.. home of the most underrated V.P. .. Sir Joe Biden..

Posted by: newbeeboy | October 23, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

You barely post?

Half.

Posted by: snowbama | October 22, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I'VE ruined this blog?

I barely even post here anymore. Go look for some more lead paint to chew on, it seems to be doing you so much good

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 22, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure Chris c cares that you have ruined his blog
he tried to ban you but you are so dense
and so unaware, you just never get any message.

Posted by: snowbama | October 22, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

nobody cares, zouk

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 22, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Dude. You are like a bird in a cage to me and most thinking voters. Amusing, sometimes entertaining but overall mindless.

Posted by: snowbama | October 22, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Who would associate with a pack of idiots like the loons that inhabit the fix now.

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You, apparently.

Since the place is so unsuitable for you perhaps you should go haunt some place more to your liking. Try blogging at one of those four-legger sites you always paste from.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 22, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Cf8 has run off all the intelligence. Who would associate with a pack of idiots like the loons that inhabit the fix now.

Posted by: snowbama | October 22, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Of course, to the Washington Post, who has decided to pretend that the public option just gained popular support yesterday, this is all just a motherfuсking game, right?

I know it's off topic, but I'm tired of this bullsⱨit.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 22, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse


Wow you libs really have a way with words, A nuance of thought and a depth of perception.

Not really. Profanity is the best sign of limited intelligence. It is the favorite of drivl and cf8 and now another ignoramus. Eloquent.

Posted by: snowbama | October 22, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Of course, to the Washington Post, who has decided to pretend that the public option just gained popular support yesterday,

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... and that it's a really radical and nutty idea that only Hitler or Stalin would believe in .. not the standard for the civilized world.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 22, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Permit me a moment off-topic: Hey Jake, a new BHO long form birth certificate sighting!--in Compton, California! Lucky you. See you there. Tell Oily Taitz she can come, too.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 22, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

DD: my real world poll tells me about 97 percent want the public option. Everyone wants universal health care: Don't let the Post, or this space, tell you water isn't wet.

Whenever Harry Reid has the guts to put this to an actual floor vote (and stops letting senators in states with 15 people hold him hostage), those voting against health reform WILL pay a serious price. We are the only industrialized country without it. That truly is radical, radically nuts.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 22, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If the latter, I hope you include Rudy Giuliani amongst the choices. If there ever was an excessively overhyped governor (often by Hizzoner's own relentless self-promotion), he was it!

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Seconded.

Never forget one interview with him late into the primaries .. someone asked him some perfunctory question about Iraq and his words came out in one unbroken stream, a recitation honed into brainless repetition.

Within 30 seconds he was already repeating himself, and suddenly it's all smilesmilesmile and he's being hustled away by his handlers.

MEE-DEE-AH-CRITEEE ......

What anyone ever saw in Rudy escapes my comprehension

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 22, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/10/other-public-option_22.html

"A 39-year-old Wisconsin husband and father of three recently enlisted not despite the fact that his wife just learned she has cancer, but precisely because she has cancer. He has no other way to insure her."

"there is something seriously wrong with our system of government when a guy pushing 40 with three kids has to sign up for a four-year enlistment in order to save his wife's life. At that point ours ceases to be a fully volunteer army."

Of course, to the Washington Post, who has decided to pretend that the public option just gained popular support yesterday, this is all just a motherfuсking game, right?

I know it's off topic, but I'm tired of this bullsⱨit.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 22, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Jumping ahead to the most overrated governor, would it have to be a sitting governor, or merely a once-upon-a-time governor?

If the latter, I hope you include Rudy Giuliani amongst the choices. If there ever was an excessively overhyped governor (often by Hizzoner's own relentless self-promotion), he was it!

(Apologies in advance about disparaging your paisano, but....)

Posted by: sverigegrabb | October 22, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

2000 votes cast, but only about two dozen who post?

I don't think many people bother to click on "Comments." Can't say I blame them.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 22, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

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