Diary

2016 Gubernatorial Races- December News

This entry almost seems like a waste as there was not much news in December on the gubernatorial front.  Additionally, there were no ratings changes.  Most of the 2016 action will center on three states: North Carolina, Missouri and New Hampshire, all for differing reasons, although Indiana could become interesting depending on how Mike Pence negotiates a legislative minefield apt to rile up the LGBTQ community.

DELAWARE- There were rumors that state senator Colin Bonini- a Republican- would drop out of this race and run for Lt. Governor instead where he would have a better chance of winning.  However, he has decided to stay put in the gubernatorial race.  He is probably the most electable statewide Republican in Delaware although it will be a difficult race to win.

MISSOURI:  Retired Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has gotten some attention in Missouri as he beefs up his conservative credentials.  But, as recently as 2010, the DCCC tried to recruit him to run for Congress.  And now former DCCC  leader [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’I000057′ ] has said the following about Greitens:  he “was totally in line with Democratic values.  I thought he was a progressive breath of fresh air.”  Um…it would be political malpractice for other Republicans in the race not to use that against Greitens in the primary.

MONTANA:  Democrat Steve Bullock is up for reelection and it will be tough to unseat him.  A recent poll gave him a 50-20 favorability rating which almost guarantees reelection if it holds.

REPUBLICAN
SAFE KEEP EYE ON TOSS UP DANGER
G. Herbert- UT M. Pence- IN P. McCrory- NC
(J. Darymple-ND) OPEN
DEMOCRATS
SAFE KEEP EYE ON TOSS UP DANGER
(J. Markell-DE) Open (P. Shumlin-VT) Open (J. Nixon- MO) Open
S. Bullock- MT (E. Tomblin-WV) Open
K. Brown- OR (M. Hassan-NH) Open
J. Inslee- WA