In a volatile election year with the wind at Republicans’ backs, the Democratic Governors Association is going on offense across the country. From Florida to California – and, yes, deep in the heart of Republican territory in Texas and Georgia – the DGA is launching aggressive and historic campaigns to pick up governorships now in Republican hands. With Democrats running ahead or in striking distance in key states, the DGA’s Executive Director, Nathan Daschle, tells ABC News why Republicans who had pledged to hold as many as 38 governorships may be hard to reach for comment come election night. And some of them are already getting harder to reach…
September 28, 2010 2:33 PM
News’ Rick Klein reports:
While Democrats are generally have the notion that they’ll suffer significant setbacks in races across the country this fall, the Democratic Governors’ Association is launching new rounds of ads in three of the nation’s largest states: California, Texas, and Florida.
All of those states now have Republican governors – and Democrats think they have a shot in all three, Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic governors’ group, said on ABC’s “Top Line” today.
“We do think we can go on offense this year. There are no fewer than nine states where we think we have a chance of picking them up from Republican governors,” Daschle said.
“All these states currently have Republican governors, and all of these places are where the Democrat is either winning or in striking distance,” Daschle continued. “And the reason this is important is because it says something about this electorate. It says what we know the polls are already confirming: This is not a pro-Republican electorate. This is an electorate that might still have some dissatisfaction with politics as an institution. But they’re just as eager, particularly at the state level, to like the Republican as to like the Democrat.”
Democrats now control 26 of the 50 governors’ offices. But that number appears likely to drop after this fall, with Democrats in particular trouble across a wide swath of the Midwest.
Daschle said polls show Democrats getting closer in states including Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. And he said Democratic gubernatorial candidates would exceed expectations this year.