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Republicans Favored to Make Gains in 2022 Governor Races

Republicans Favored to Make Gains in 2022 Governor Races

“Republicans are seeing improved prospects in eight states’ gubernatorial contests next year, according to the Cook Political Report.”

People already expect Republicans to retake the House of Representatives in 2022, some people are even suggesting the Senate is in play, but there’s more to the story.

The GOP could make some major gains in governor races, and that’s great news for a number of reasons.

Having more Republican governors offers hope on COVID policies. Also, governors frequently make good presidential candidates, so Republicans will deepen their bench.

Fred Lucas writes at FOX News:

Republicans eye red wave for governor races

After a big win in blue Virginia and near-upset in bluer New Jersey, Republicans are hoping for a red wave in governor’s races for 2022 – looking at potential pickups mainly in Midwestern states.

President Biden has a low approval rating, and historically a president’s party takes a beating in midterm elections. But Republicans are facing the departure of two incumbent governors in blue states, while multiple incumbents are facing primaries as former President Trump also will likely play a big role in the midterm election.

One template to consider is Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia win, even though Biden won the state decisively in 2020, said Miles Coleman, an associate editor for the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, which ranks political contests.

“Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan are all states where Biden won but performed worse than he performed in Virginia,” Coleman told Fox News…

Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are all states with Democratic governors that are tossup races Republicans hope to win. Meanwhile, Democrats are eager about their chances in flipping the governor’s mansions in Arizona, Georgia, Maryland and Massachusetts.

Two weeks ago, the Cook Political Report moved eight governor races towards Republicans.

Ashley Oliver reported at Breitbart:

Report: Wisconsin, Michigan Among Eight Governor Races Shifting Toward Republicans

Republicans are seeing improved prospects in eight states’ gubernatorial contests next year, according to the Cook Political Report.

The nonpartisan outlet, which analyzes elections and is often used as a resource among campaigns, updated its ratings for 11 gubernatorial races this week and moved eight in a favorable direction for Republicans, while shifting three toward Democrats.

The eight states include the Great Lakes battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan, currently led by Democrat Govs. Tony Evers and Gretchen Whitmer, respectively, along with Nevada, Maine, New Mexico, South Carolina, Oregon, and Iowa.

Most notably, Cook moved Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada all from “lean Democrat” to “toss up.”

Republican candidates would be wise to focus on so-called ‘kitchen table’ issues and freedom of choice in both education and COVID policy.


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It doesn’t matter who votes or how they vote, the only part of an election that matters is who counts the votes

    mbecker908 in reply to paracelsus. | December 19, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Yep. The Maricopa County GOP will do whatever it takes to assure a Democrat victory in the Governor’s race. Just like they did for Biden.

      MoeHowardwasright in reply to mbecker908. | December 20, 2021 at 6:01 am

      If the Republicans want to win every governors race, they would be well advised to duplicate Governor DeSantis. Down here he is the Governor of the “Free” State of Florida. The candidates would be well advised to speak about making their State “Free” too. The overwhelming amount of people just want to live their lives as a free person. Tap into that vein of political gold and you will win! No need to nationalize this election cycle. Just talk about freedom. Freedom to go to the store, employment, medical decisions, travel, etc. And when the press whines, look them in the eye and remind them that just as “they” have freedom of the press, the rest of us have freedoms enshrined in the same Constitution. Don’t back down, don’t apologize! FREEDOM!

Whoever had Massachusetts as a “Solid R” was smoking something illegal.

    paracelsus in reply to henrybowman. | December 19, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    absolutely: There’s no “R” in Teddy Kennedy and none in Chappaquiddick,

      henrybowman in reply to paracelsus. | December 19, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      Plus, if you just listen to them talk for 30 seconds, you’d understand that they don’t even have an R in their alphabet.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | December 20, 2021 at 7:02 am

        Rs, like energy, are not destroyed. They return in a different form or place.

        For every “aaah” (as in caah in the Haavahd Yaahd), in Massachusetts, there is a surplus R in other regions. Warshing the lorndry in the warshing machine.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | December 19, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Mass has a history of Republican governors.

      Yes… but the phrase “Massachusetts (or RI) Republican” is like the phrase “near beer.”
      Mitt Romney.
      Bill Weld.
      Scott Brown (the crucial vote for Obamacare).
      Paul Cellucci.
      Jane Swift.
      Stop me when you get nauseous.
      These are the RINOs the rest of the country are trying to get thrown OUT of the GOP.

I know Youngkin is going to be in high demand for campaign appearances and fundraisers, but I hope he concentrates on governing for the first 6 months or so.

Personally, I think part of McAuliffe’s problem was that he campaigned like winning was a fait accompli and attempting to nationalize the race by screaming “Trump!” over and over would work. As the race went on, even die-hard Democrats in the DC metro were getting sick of the Trump references that were all over TV, radio, mailers, and even text messages from campaign volunteers. As well, I believed that he was going to use the governorship as a springboard to make a run for POTUS or a go at the VPOTUS spot if it came open.

Not if Dominion voting machines are in place.

    MattMusson in reply to herm2416. | December 20, 2021 at 7:37 am

    I live in North Carolina that does not have Dominion but does have an Election Review Board appointed by the Democrat Governor. They refuse to investigate any lawbreakers that are Democrat. I will be so happy when Mark Robinson, of the GOP becomes the first Black Governor of the state. Then he can appoint a fair election board.

Trying to ban abortion will kill Republican state races.

    I would put it differently. If the SCOTUS decision amped up by the MSM allows the November election to be about Roe v Wade, then the election may not go as well as expected. My guess is that SCOTUS may replace a viability standard with a “reasonable notice” standard and say that 15 weeks is OK. If so that will trivially restrict current practice and the political impact might be limited.


One can dream. Imagine what a message that would send. The People have has enough.