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GOP Primed to Win Governors’ Mansions

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GOPWritten By: Herald Boas

The under-reported fact of current U.S. politics is that Republicans continue to control more governorships and state legislatures than the Democrats do, and this was enhanced in the 2020 election. Looking forward, the GOP’s prospects might get even brighter.

Currently, Republicans have 27 state governors, and Democrats have 23.

Two governorships are up in 2021, 36 are up in 2022. These include 9 who are term-limited — although only 3 of these are likely competitive. At this point, several races could be considered potential battleground races which might be pick-ups for Republicans, including California, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Additionally, a competitive race could develop in Minnesota if the state GOP can nominate a strong opponent to the so far unimpressive liberal governor.

Democratic Governors Laura Kelly (Kansas), Janet Mills (Maine), Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan), Steve Sisolak (Nevada), and Tony Evers (Wisconsin) are considered so far to be the most vulnerable incumbents, and there is an open race in Pennsylvania where a controversial incumbent Democrat is term-limited.

Democrats are favored to win the two gubernatorial races scheduled for 2021 in New Jersey and Virginia, but Republicans will likely have an unexpected opportunity for a pick-up in California, of all places. The state’s unpopular Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom faces an imminent recall election. Should the voters remove him, he would be immediately replaced by someone then chosen by voters on the same recall ballot. That successor could be one of several strong GOP candidates, including Kevin Falconer, the current mayor of San Diego.

The two largest states, California and New York, have a recent history of voting heavily Democratic in presidential elections, but not only is California’s liberal governor mired in controversy, so is New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo who faces impeachment after multiple scandals which have also caused many of the leaders of his own party to demand his resignation.

If Cuomo leaves office now, he would be succeeded by a little-known lieutenant governor who would have to run in 2022.  In that case, the complicated multi-party New York ballot might enable a strong  GOP candidate to be elected governor. Both California and New York have a recent history of electing GOP chief executives–for instance, Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Pataki.

It is still early in the 2022 national mid-term cycle, but retirements from Congress continue to be announced. Some of these retirees might opt to run for governor. Reapportionment will eliminate the districts of some incumbent U.S. house members who, in turn, might also decide to run for governor.

Incumbent Democratic governors running for re-election could also face primary challenges in 2022, especially if current party divisions persist, and these could provide opportunities for Republican challengers in the November general election.

Kansas is conservative, and if strong GOP candidates are recruited in the five other battleground states, Republican pick-ups are quite likely — especially if the economy and the Biden administration falter.

Many Democratic governors, such as Whitmer in Michigan, Evers in Wisconsin, and Walz in Minnesota have seen their popularity decline in response to their rigid pandemic policies during the past year.

There is a continuous historical tension between state and federal power and prerogative — as well as the traditional tensions between the three branches of the federal government. With many strong men and women governors, a divided Congress and Supreme Court, and a new president, a rare confluence of all these tensions at the same time might become increasingly visible as we proceed to election day, 2022.

Continued Republican gains in 2022 state elections in response to Democratic efforts to centralize federal power in Washington, DC, would be a signal that the 232 year-old U.S. constitution is still alive, vital, and well.

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Ron Howard
3 months ago

I used to be encouraged by such reports, now just hopeful.

Robert
3 months ago

Conservatives must win locally. The federal elections system is too corrupt for conservatives to win.

Kathleen A Malloy
3 months ago

Yes voter fraud issues are the elephant in the room with any upcoming elections

John
3 months ago

“WE THE PEOPLE” HAVE THE POWER OF TERM LIMITS ALREADY, IF WE WANT THE POWER BACK, WE JUST TAKE IT!! VOTE ALL THESE CARREER POLITICIANS OUT AND PUT NEW REPRESENTATIVES IN AND IF THEY DO NOT HONOR THIER OATHS OF OFFICE, REPLACE THEM TOO!!! WE CAN KEEP PEOPLE IN OFFICE AS LONG AS THEY HONOR THE CONSTITUTION AND SERVE “WE THE PEOPLE”, IF NOT KEEP REPLACING THEM TILL WE GET HONEST CIVIL SERVANTS!!! PROVE VOTER FRAUD OR IT IS OVER FOR FREEDOM!!!

Ron Howard
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Sounds easier than it is, John.

John
3 months ago

All the states mentioned in this article are voter fraud strongholds, they have been for decades, until we PROVE VOTER FRAUD they will remain socialist control, and with the use of “FLIPPING MACHINES many more cities and states will fall, this naieve outlook is how EVIL WINS!! Open your eyes AMERICA, NOW!!! BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE TO SAVE OUR NATION!!!

Patricia
3 months ago

Without election integrity this conversation is idle chatter.

rhal
3 months ago

For too long, both parties have had power and it has cost the US dearly, push is needed for term limits greater now than ever before. REP’s and DEM’s have the power to make the US the greatest nation in the world in all aspects, but really, what have we got in return for supporting either? Term Limits is the way to go. People have the power, support term limits for all government legislatures.

BAE
3 months ago

Hmm too many republicans have been in power too long. Decades too long. Too much self-interest, do they care about the American tax payer. Hmm NOT……….. They don’t even fight for voter ID. WHY?

aluminum head
3 months ago

All I see is civil war starting in the metro areas then ‘bleeding toward outlying areas. This communist rule has to be stopped by “someone.”

Saunders
3 months ago

Republicans did not support Trump when they had the chance. Now we have Biden Harris.
Sorry GOP, the “Do Nothing Republicans” cost us our country. Look what is happening.
Are we supposed to believe more RINO BS?

aluminum head
3 months ago

Voting IN PERSON is the key to stop the thievery. I personally feel that the nation known as America is dead.

Old Silk
3 months ago

Not forgetting that the steal could have been and should have been stopped in real time in 2020, it might be possible for the GOP to again win but for the actions that have taken place to keep the steal in full motion.

Charlotte A Mahin
3 months ago

The GOP can win IF the HR1 bill that federalizes election rules is killed and if the states make it possible for only qualified voters to vote by tightening their laws.

Michael S Bares
3 months ago

Obviously nothing in my state / Illinois will change. The corruption has been here since I’ve been a little kid. Most governors go to jail here, and the fine people of this state keep voting Democratic. Voter ID laws would help, but I can’t see that happening. I’ve stated before, that Chicago is the problem, not the surrounding counties. I vote all the time, and lose all the time. Hopefully these governors will be replaced. Our governor destroyed all his toilets in a mansion he bought prior to getting elected, to get out of paying higher property taxes. He’s part of the Hyatt family. Do you think he has any idea what a blue collar worker is ? So congratulations to all the people who voted this man in. Enjoy your tax hikes, and COVID shut downs.

aluminum head
3 months ago

It’s that God forsaken tri-county area that drags Illinois into hell.

Patricia
3 months ago
Reply to  aluminum head

“vote early, vote often” is a Chicago phrase, I have heard as a youngster. We need to curse it to the root, repent and work for change to the voting rules. Blacks are tired of hearing it will harm them as if they lack smarts for voter ID–that is racism at its ugliest.

Gwen
3 months ago

Until we have voter I’D in place, we can’t be confident in our election process of the future. Also, until we have term limits in place for every politician in power, we will continue having fraud in our government. Some of these politicians get so comfortable in their seat of power, they get lazy & would rather agree to everything as a group instead of challenging some of the issues. It requires they put forth a little effort to debate an issue.

herblady
3 months ago

Until Every State Removes All Internet Connected Ballot Voting, Tabulating Machines, Laptop, any type computer and All States Voter Rolls are all completely Cleaned up, USA Election will Not Be Trust able. Legal ID Should Always Be Required it is To Do Everything Else in The USA. Every Vote that is Cast in The USA Goes overseas to hard drives, this can only happen with WIFI connections. China & Iran Flipped Millions of Trump Votes to Biden, There a many thousands of pages of Irrefutable Documented Proof of this. Also Many of these Blue States Never Clean up their Voter Rolls, take Ga. for instance, They have over 1 million Illegal Voters listed, That Secretary of State Refuses to remove them, everything from dead voter’s, to underage voter’s, to no longer live in State, not Valid Citizens, and on; on. Pennsylvania has over 20k dead voter’s, just reported this past week. This may be going on in all states to some degree or the other. Voting has to comply with the Constitution Period, if not it’s not Legal. Biden up there Signing Executive Order’s that clearly Violate the Constitution, Non of Those Executive Order’s that do this are Enforceable.

Lee S McQuillen
3 months ago
Reply to  herblady

When my dad passed away, I called the voter registration office in my county and told them he had died and they needed to take him off the rolls. If everyone did that when necessary, it would be easier to clean up the rolls – if they wanted to!

james michalicek
3 months ago

Elections are no longer honest and we will never win another.

Saunders
3 months ago

Agree James. It will only get worse.

David
3 months ago

The conservative may pick up a few seats but the battle for freedom is never ending. My hope and prayers are simple ; that the new generation can see the through woke and the US government intent to reinstate racism through CRT . We have huge problem with US company’s in bed with the Chinese Communist Party. Not sure the nation can survive President China Joe

Myrna S Wade
3 months ago

The administration is making unforced errors and replacing them should be coming. I fear that politics is becoming more and more unattractive. Few people are ready and able to be statesmen. There is great opportunity to quit going downhill, but rising to the occasion is vile and hard.

Laura Palmer
3 months ago

I would say that BIDEN and HARRIS have already faltered badly – my goodness! Who knows where all of these immigrants with diseases, terrorists, and what-have-you going to? Rochester had many here under BO. I say IMPEACH, IMPEACH the one in the WH and the veep before they do any more damage to our country. AND impeachment should be for the governor here in NY. He is no darn good and I knew that from the beginning. He loves raising taxes. There will be more millionairs leaving as the Golisanos did 4 years ago or so. Lets get President Trump back so he can Make America Great Again as we are going downhill fast and furious.

Saunders
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura Palmer

Agree Laura. Republicans need to get as dirty as the democrats. All Democrats subscribe to “Machiavellism” which implies to do ANYTHING to get your way, no matter what. Anything. Machiavelli’s book “The Prince” seems to be on every democrat’s desk. As a fellow
New Yorker I can say the Cuomos are worst thing ever for New York. I have little hope for the
former great state of New York.

aluminum head
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura Palmer

Laura, I’m afraid it’s “game over.” The 50 year ‘career politician’ is having his trings pulled, constantly by Oboingo and Soros.

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