Stuart Rothenberg has a piece in Roll Call that gives Democrats hope for 2014 regarding potential governorships:
If Democrats can win a number of these big-state governorships, even if they don’t take back the U.S. House, it could well bolster the narrative of Democratic momentum leading up to the 2016 elections. It also would put Democrats in the position to retain those governorships four years later, in 2018, when states will select governors who will play a role in the next round of congressional redistricting.
Vulnerable Republican governors in four of the 10 largest states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — give Democrats obvious targets, as well as the bragging rights that go along with any victories.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s poll numbers are in the toidy, as are Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s. Ohio’s Republican governor, John R. Kasich’s approvals have recently improved, though, but he could be vulnerable. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, or as I like to call him, King Ricky (of Financial Martial Law infamy), could also be in trouble.
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Michigan finds Gov. Rick Snyder (R) trailing three possible Democratic challengers in 2014 match ups.
Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease. Maybe we’d be able to reverse a few bad GOP laws:
Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — along with Virginia this year and Maine in 2014 — constitute Democrats’ top opportunities in the 38 gubernatorial races up between now and next November. Winning a number of the big states would further shake Republican confidence and swing the nation’s political pendulum further toward the Democrats.
Keep your far left hand’s blue fingers crossed, because with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) not seeking reelection in 2014, we could lose a Senate seat. We need all the political boosts we can get.