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2006 Governors Races

Democrats have real opportunities to make gains in statehouses around the country in 2006. Republicans must defend 22 governorships, a total that includes seven seats that are already open. An eighth in Massachusetts is now an open seat as Gov. Mitt Romney (R) declined to seek a second term and is much talked about as a potential 2008 presidential candidate. By contrast, Democrats have to defend statehouses in 14 states, only one of which is currently open -- Iowa. 


Republican-held:  22

* Alabama: Gov. Bob Riley (1st term; won with 49% of vote)
* Alaska: Gov. Frank Murkowski (1st term/56%)
* Arkansas: OPEN (Gov. Mike Huckabee is term limited)
* California: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (1st term/49%)
* Colorado: OPEN (Gov. Bill Owens is term limited)
* Connecticut: Gov. Jodi Rell (Appointed)
* Florida: OPEN (Gov. Jeb Bush is term-limited)
* Georgia: Gov. Sonny Perdue (1st term/51%)
* Hawaii: Gov. Linda Lingle (1st term/52%)
* Idaho: OPEN (Gov. Dirk Kempthorne is term-limited)
* Maryland: Gov. Bob Ehrlich (1st term/52%)
* Massachusetts: OPEN (Gov. Mitt Romney is not seeking reelection)
* Minnesota: Gov. Tim Pawlenty (1st term/44%)
* Nebraska: Gov. Dave Heineman (Appointed)
* Nevada: OPEN (Gov. Kenny Guinn is term-limited)
* New York: OPEN (Gov. George Pataki is retiring)
* Ohio: OPEN (Gov. Bob Taft is term-limited)
* Rhode Island: Gov. Don Carcieri (1st term/55%)
* South Carolina: Gov. Mark Sanford (1st term/53%)
* South Dakota: Gov. Mike Rounds (1st term/57%)
* Texas: Gov. Rick Perry (1st term/58%)
* Vermont: Gov. Jim Douglas (1st term/59%)

Democratic-held: 14

* Arizona: Gov. Janet Napolitano (1st term; won with 46% of vote)
* Illinois: Gov. Rod Blagojevich (1st term/52%)
* Iowa: OPEN (Gov. Tom Vilsack is retiring)
* Kansas: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (1st term/53%)
* Maine: Gov. John Baldacci (1st term/47%)
* Michigan: Gov. Jennifer Granholm (1st term/51%)
* New Hampshire: Gov. John Lynch (1st term/51%)
* New Mexico: Gov. Bill Richardson (1st term/55%)
* Oklahoma: Gov. Brad Henry (1st term/43%)
* Oregon: Gov. Ted Kulongoski (1st term/49%)
* Pennsylvania: Gov. Ed Rendell (1st term/53%)
* Tennessee: Gov Phil Bredesen (1st term/51%)
* Wisconsin: Gov. Jim Doyle (1st term/45%)
* Wyoming: Gov. Dave Freudenthal (1st term/50%)

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 30, 2005; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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Don Carcieri in Rhode Island is starting to get some heat. Check out this video from yesterday of him getting grilled about taking free health insurace from Blue Cross after forcing State workers to take a sub standard plan from United Health care.

Posted by: Pat | October 4, 2006 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Ohio SOS Ken Blackwell is connected to cult evangelist Bill Gothard, who has a front group called the Character Training Institute (CTI).

Ohio blogs have been developing the story and the Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported on Blackwell running a "Character" program out of his office:

Posted by: Shamus | March 29, 2006 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Your site is realy very interesting.

Posted by: Dublin Hotel | March 21, 2006 10:21 AM | Report abuse

New Ohio Zogby Poll

The Zogby International telephone survey showed a virtual dead heat among Democrats and Republicans running in the 2006 elections to succeed Mr. Taft as chief executive.

Zogby said its telephone interviews of 601 likely voters were conducted Feb. 2-3. The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

In this year's prospective gubernatorial races, Democrat Ted Strickland held a slight lead of 38% to 35% over Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell. The survey showed Mr. Strickland deadlocked with Republican Jim Petro at 36 percent. About 25% of those questioned in both match-ups were undecided.

Posted by: RMill | February 7, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Petro, Blackwell choose running mates
AG Jim Petro finally found a replacement running mate in State Sen. Joy Padgett after losing Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich.

SOS Ken Blackwell chose State Rep. Tom Raga today.

Both are from rural parts of Ohio.

Posted by: RMill | February 6, 2006 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Strickland leads all Ohio candidates in fundraising

Even before the addition of Lee Fisher, whose major strength is fund raising, the Strickland campaign topped $3 million and has more cash on-hand than his potential Democratic competitors or GOP rivals.

An internal GOP poll in Ohio has Blackwell leading Petro 40-30% for the primary but shows Petro with more strength vs. Stickland in the general.

Posted by: RMill | February 1, 2006 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Congressman Ted Strickland has chosen former Attorney General and one-time gubanatorial candidate Lee Fisher as his running mate. This will diminish greatly State Senator Eric Fingerhut's chances to raise the money needed to catch the front runner in the May Democratic primary as Fisher draws from the same base (Fingerhut holds the Senate seat once held by Fisher, a democrat from Cuyahoga County).

Posted by: RMill | January 26, 2006 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Ohio State Auditor Betty Montgomery dropped out of the Governor's race to run for Attorney General, leaving Blackwell and Petro to slug it out in the GOP primary.

Posted by: RMill | January 25, 2006 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Ohio State Senator Eric Fingerhut announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination against Congressman Ted Strickland yesterday only to be relegated to the back pages by Strickland's announcement of his endorsement by popular Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason (CLAIM TO FAME: Sam Sheppard follow-up cases). A possible Strickland running mate as well.

Posted by: RMill | January 19, 2006 1:57 PM | Report abuse

AG Petro Loses Running Mate in Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Race.

His rivals contend that the wheels are coming off the campaign.

Posted by: RMill | January 17, 2006 10:50 AM | Report abuse


Strickland Leads Blackwell, Montgomery, Petro

Congressman Ted Strickland Leads GOP Rivals by
4 to 16 Points in Head-to-Head Match-ups

Columbus, Ohio - Ohio gubernatorial candidate Congressman Ted Strickland holds a lead over every Republican challenger for the governor's office, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll released Saturday.

The survey, conducted January 3, shows Strickland with a four-point lead over Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, 44% to 40%. Strickland leads Attorney General Jim Petro by five points, 43% to 38%.

The survey also found that Strickland leads Ohio State Auditor Betty Montgomery by a sixteen-point margin, 49% to 33%.

According to Rasmussen Reports, Strickland is viewed favorably by 54% of respondents, higher than the Republican challengers and significantly higher than the 40% favorability rating attributed to Strickland in the previous Rasmussen Reports poll (November).

For more information please visit:

According to Rasmussen Reports, the telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports January 3, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence. (From

Posted by: RMill | January 10, 2006 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Watch the Tennessee governor's race, if the GOP can get a solid candidate in the race, Gov. Phil Bredesen, a New York-born Democrat, could be the state's first governor not to be reelected under the current term limits.

Posted by: Lee Elder | December 13, 2005 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I have been off for a bit but in review, I have seen nothing noting that Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman dropped out of the Ohio Governor's race for the Democratic nomination.

Posted by: RMill | December 7, 2005 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Ohio Governor: Strickland Leads
Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 15, 2005

Election 2006

Ohio Governor

Strickland (D) 42%
Blackwell (R) 36%
Other 6%

Election 2006

Ohio Governor

Strickland (D) 39%
Kasich (R) 33%
Other 7%


November 17, 2005--Democratic Congressman Ted Strickland holds a six-point lead over two possible Republican candidates in the race to become Ohio's next Governor.

Strickland leads Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell by a 42% to 36% margin. Six percent (6%) say that they would prefer a third party candidate and 15% are not sure.

Strickland leads former Congressman John Kasich 39% to 33%. This match-up leads 7% to prefer some other candidate and 21% are undecided.

Other candidates could emerge as the nominee for either party. In January 2006, Rasmussen Reports will begin regular polling of both the Primary and General Election prospects in Ohio. CrossTabs and other information is available for Premium Members.

The current Ohio Governor, Republican Bob Taft, has a 19% Job Approval Rating. Seventy-nine percent (79%) disapprove, including 52% who strongly disapprove.

Posted by: RMill | November 21, 2005 11:07 AM | Report abuse

CNN IS A LIBERAL BASTION IE SCARFACE (Say hello to my little friend!!!)

Posted by: YOU LOSERS | November 6, 2005 1:00 AM | Report abuse

How could I forget Oregon? Thanks for the close reading. The change has been made.

Posted by: Chris Cillizza | October 8, 2005 1:54 PM | Report abuse forgot Oregon! We have a governor's race in '06 too!

Posted by: SK | October 3, 2005 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that incumbent Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski was not mentioned in the 2006 race for Oregon.

Posted by: Pat Ackley | October 3, 2005 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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