Republican Mark Sanford’s victory Tuesday in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District tells us only one thing about the 2014 midterm elections—that Democrats still need to capture 17 seats to win back the House majority they lost in 2010. Nothing more, nothing less. Had Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch won the special election, all it would have demonstrated was that even in such an overwhe…
Governors: Recent Updates
To describe the 2009/2010 gubernatorial election cycle as volatile seems inadequate. There were 39 races; two in 2009 and 37 in 2010. Of these seats, 25 were open, with Democrats defending 13 and Republicans seeking to hold on to 12. Twenty of the 25 seats were open because of term limits. The result was a new crop of Governors. These 39 races produced 27 first-term Governors, just over…
If Governors races took a backseat to the presidential race and Senate contests in 2012, they will occupy a good bit more of the spotlight in 2013 and 2014. There are gubernatorial contests in 38 states over the next two years. New Jersey and Virginia host contests in 2013, followed by 36 races in 2014. This crop of seats was last up in 2009 and 2010. It was an especially volatile cycle. I…
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The Republican Governors Association is the only Republican campaign committee that got bragging rights on election night. But, they didn’t get to brag as loudly as they had hoped. Republicans picked up the open gubernatorial seat in North Carolina, adding one new Governor to their ranks. Republicans now hold 30 of the 50 governorships, while Democrats have 19, and there is one independent Gov…
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A listing of candidates and race ratings in all current Governor races. Updated weekly and printable for on-the-run reference.Updated 11:50 AM, May 9
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Governors seats.Updated 10:23 AM, Apr 11
General Election Polls
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors general election contests across the nation.Updated 04:24 PM, May 9
Primary Trial Heats
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors primary election contests across the nation.Updated 11:50 AM, May 9
2014 Battleground Chart
2014 Governors Races: Romney Performance vs. Obama PerformanceNovember 12, 2012
2012 Governors General Election Polls with Final Results
A collection of polling data from the 2012 cycle, with final general election results included.
The Cook Political Report Governor Scatterplot for Republican and Democratic held states by win percentage and PVI.
Two-Cycle Governors Races (by 2012 Obama vs. Romney performance)
A breakdown of all 50 gubernatorial contests across two election cycles, arranged by 2012 presidential performance.
Two-Cycle Governors Races (by Incumbent Win Percentage)
A breakdown of all 50 gubernatorial contests across two election cycles, arranged by incumbent win percentage.
Governors: 2013/2014 55% and Under Charts
The chart below displays governors up for reelection who won their states with less than 55% of the vote in the last gubernatorial election.
Charlie Cook's Column
Don't Gloat. Leak.May 20, 2013
With the newest controversy over Justice Department subpoenas of Associated Press reporters’ and editors’ telephone records, President Obama and his administration find themselves drawing fire from three different directions. Last week’s stories indicating that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea-party groups and other conservative organizations for investigation sent a shiver down the spine…Read more »
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South Carolina Special: The TV Ad Mix
These charts combining Kantar Media CMAG broadcast television and NCC Media local cable data show a TV ad mix heavy on broadcast news in the morning but local cable at night.View charts »
The Rhodes Cook Letter
The last issue of "The Rhodes Cook Letter" explored the idea that the Republicans are the "congressional party." This issue takes a look at the opposite - that the Democrats are the modern day "presidential party." The ongoing round of special congressionDownload »
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