Governors Races: The Presidential Races Of The States
Fewer governors are up for reelection in presidential years than in midterms, but Jim Geraghty of National Review reviews some of the more interesting ones. Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest just isn’t making incumbent Democrat Roy Cooper sweat at all though both the Presidential and Senate races are close. Washington is a heavily Democratic-leaning state, where GOP wins are few and far between, but Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp is running a good four to nine points ahead of Trump in that state though still trailing imcumbent Jay Inslee by nine points.
Republicans Strong In The Mostly Red States Electing Governors This Year
In Montana, Representative Greg Gianforte is enjoying a consistent lead that is about the same as Trump’s lead over Biden. Mike Parson, who took over in Missouri after Eric Greitens resigned, is looking solid, and maybe a few points ahead of Trump. Polling in Indiana has been sparse, but the latest Survey USA poll put incumbent Republican Eric Holcomb ahead by 30 points, while Trump is ahead of Biden, 49 percent to 42 percent.
In West Virginia, incumbent governor Jim Justice switched to the Republican Party, and he’s on the path to win by a margin in the high teens — perhaps a little higher, or a little lower, than the president’s likely margin over Biden. In Utah, Republican gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox is on pace to win by 24 to 33 points, while Trump is on pace to win by ten to 18 points.
In New Hampshire, where Trump trails Biden badly, incumbent Republican Chris Sununu is way ahead of Democratic challenger Dan Feltes. In Vermont, where Trump may not crack 35 percent, incumbent GOP governor Phil Scott leads the NPR poll, with 55 percent to 24 percent for Democrat progressive David Zuckerman.