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Sunday, January 20, 2019


For Republicans, 2010 was a Tea Party, with Republicans winning more elected offices than at any time since before the 1929 crash. Key parts of the coalition that elected Barack Obama — minorities and young people especially — stayed home. And the voters who showed up to vote in the midst of the worst of the Great Recession decided to give Republicans a shot.

But with the Tea Party constantly hitting new lows in popularity and Republican Party identification falling as Democratic membership grows, many of the statewide GOP candidates — especially those in purple states — are facing stiff headwinds as they seek re-election in 2014.

The New York Times‘ Micah Cohen points out that “an incumbent governor’s job approval ratings have been shown to be strongly correlated with how constituents vote.” Cohen looked at those ratings for the FiveThirtyEight blog and found that 8 of the 10 most vulnerable governors are Republicans. Of those eight, six especially benefited from or cloaked themselves with the Tea Party.

Here are the most vulnerable Tea Party governors.

Photo: Dwight Burdette 

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21 responses to “The 6 Most Vulnerable Tea Party Governors Up For Re-Election In 2014”

  1. The fact that most of these people are in office, and have a chance to be re-elected, does not say much about their constituencies. The difference in mid-term elections is usually voter turnout, and on that account Republican candidates invariably have an advantage. The most radical wing of the GOP remains undeterred by their losses in 2012 and are more determined than even to hold the seats they have, keep control of the House and get the Senate. The latter is far from being improbable considering the fact that there are twice as many Democrats running for reelection. and that some of them are from Red states. 2014 is a challenge for Democrats, and it has nothing to do with money. If Democrats don’t turn out to vote in large numbers we are likely to lose the Senate, and we will definitely not narrow the gap in the House or get many Governorships back.

    • Agree, Not only must there be an increase in turn out at the polls but also an increase in contact and information to the public before hand in those states. so many just vote for who ever was in before, it’s unreal. An increase in advertising or flyers to homes is necessary starting NOW

    • irishtap says:

      They’ll turn out Dominick, many will be obstructed from voting but, the Democrats will be out as enforcers of representative government. Republican recalcitrance will be turned into a democratic asset.

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  2. In Maine, Tea Party Gov. Paul Le Page would win if a repeat of 2010 takes place, with a 3 way race splitting the Dems and Independents. Le Page would lose big if it is a 2 way race against any Dem, or Independent Eliot Cutler. A a run-off between the two highest in a primary would prevent this, but of course Le Page will try every trick in the book to prevent that from becoming law. He is very unpopular, but doesn’t care. He got in with 38% of the vote, and sees it as a mandate to run Maine as if it were his own little Dollar Store.

  3. David Turrentine says:

    The shame is that Rick Perry makes the Aggies in Aggie jokes look smart.

    • catball says:

      I’m surprised the King of Kansas hasn’t been mentioned. We have a taliban trash teabagger right here in the heart of america. His name is Brownback. That name should be attached to a snake. It will be a miracle if this state has anything left by the time he’s done.

  4. midway54 says:

    Good news about the teabagger popularity on its way down. In any event, Floridians are not going to re-elect Scott. They have had their fill of him for some time.Teabagger baby Allen West was dumped in the last election, and another one, Marco Rubio, may suffer the same fate if he persists in his pandering and opportunism toward his donor plutocrats

  5. CrankyToo says:

    These governors represent a murderer’s row of Repugnican scum, but a couple of significant others seem to be absent from the lineup – like John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. If the good people of Maine and Michigan and South Carolina and Texas and Pennsylvania and Florida and Ohio and Wisconsin don’t rise up and kick these avaricious dirtbags out of their statehouses, then they deserve what they get.

    This ain’t rocket surgery, folks. If you cherish this democracy and believe it should work for the benefit of all of us, not just for the wealthy and the connected, then you’d better get up off your asses in 2014 and vote the Repugs out. And keep voting them out, wherever and whenever they stand for election or reelection, until they finally get the message that they work for us, not the other way around. PS – I’m a Republican (I’m just not stupid enough to vote for one).

    • sigrid28 says:

      Love your screen name, Crankytoo. You’re right about the complacent left getting off its behind. We can take comfort in the hope that there are more smart moderates among Republicans like you.

      • Remember, it’s not all complacency. The R’s are putting up roadblocks making it so much harder to vote than it’s been in a long time. Also, when will someone bring a massive lawsuit against gerrymandering? It is ludicrous how that changes voting lines. Both parties do it when in power, but that doesn’t make it right. Districts should be drawn up to roughly even out the ration of parties so candidates have to run on ideas instead of just numbers.

      • CrankyToo says:

        I thank you for your kind words, Sigrid28. I wish I could be as gracious as you are, but frankly, I’m too pissed off. In any case, I’ll look forward to seeing you at the polls in about 19 months when we vote those Tea Baggers and the cowardly Repugnicans who spawned them, and continue to encourage them, back into the holes from whence they came. They’re a scourge on our democracy. Being a Floridian, I’m anxious to get on with the business of ridding the Sunshine State of the abomination that is Rick Scott. Good riddance to bad rubbish…

  6. JDavidS says:

    Not a single one of these clowns would be missed.

  7. When republicans talk about lower taxes and less government, they mean for the rich, not for the rest of us.

  8. howa4x says:

    the tea party is great at slogans but terrible at governing. sometimes just blindly cutting is not in the states best interest. Scott in Fla turned away millions in federal environmental funding that won’t come back, Halley refuses to put the words climate change in any state documents, and Snyder turned his back on the coalition that elected him, by making Mich a right to work for less state. Perry will be swallowed up by the Latino landslide in his state. Even the people of Maine will wake up. It doesn’t matter want the national republican party says if these wing nuts keep making headlines the way they are. the tealiban dragged the republicans to the far corner of the right wing, and it’s a long way back to the center.

  9. Pamby50 says:

    I think they will show up in WI, MI, OH, & PA. Not so sure about the other states. In Michigan that emergency manager law that they pushed through again after the people voted to stop it, is going to be a big motivator. I wish Jennifer Granholm could run again. As for Wisconsin, I think they should run Russ Fiengold. I am not sure who in Ohio but people came out to get signatures on petitions to get the union stripping bill on the ballot. Then they showed up to vote. I just heard that Asa Buchannan is going to run for govenor of AR. He was the man who brought all those armed people to the press room to roll out the NRA’s latest idea. Why AR? Mike Bebee is a democratic governor & they want him gone. 2014 is going to be an interesting year. Get out and vote!

  10. USMCJock says:

    Johnny, you drank the Kool-Aid and you are seeing what Progressives have been screaming at people/voters like you — forever! The questions are:

    1) Why didn’t/don’t voters like you listen to people when we tell you that the GOP is no good?, and

    2) What in the world took you so goddamned long to see that, whether you vote for Rick Scott or another GOP, they’re gonna shove the same bullshit down your throat?

    Johnny, you say, “you believe in what the GOP say they stand for”. That’s the problem: What they stand for, THEY’LL NEVER TELL YOU TIL THEY GET INTO OFFICE! What Scott Walker did in Wisconsin, is a perfect example. He NEVER said while he was campaigning, that he would attack unions, tear up people’s pensions, and destroy the state. He can’t because he and the GOP know, that if they tell people what they really, really stand for, they’ll have Buyer’s Remorse.

    Johnny, listen to me dude: The GOP is not interested in you. They only care about the rich. You’re a sucker if you keep drinking their Kool-Aid. They’ve indoctrinated you and millions of others, by enraging you against Obama and Democrats, praying on your fears that “Obama will take your guns” or “Obama is a socialist’, etc. and all this other crap.

    Johnny, they are only saying what they feel they can getaway with, for you to pull the lever for a republican on Election Day. They don’t give a rat’s ass about you. They only stand for the extremely wealthy in this country.

    Progressives have been wondering when people like you and Kidd Rock would see the light. If you vote for a republican again, not only are you going to be sorry, but we’ll tell you, “I told you so.”

    Don’t do it dude! This is coming from a US Marine, who was a republicans for years and watched how they pandered to the military for votes; to the DOD for campaign cash.

    Don’t do it!! They want your vote and they’ll play on your hatred for Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Fuck dude, they’ll tell whatever you wanna hear to get you to vote for them. Then when they get into office and they enact their REAL policy, they’ll say, “Well, the voters voted for our policies over the socialistic policies of “liberals” and a whole bunch of shit. They’ll make you feel stupid and sorry for voting for them. And then, you’ll make the same mistake again and again.

    You think you know what the republicans stand for, but then you say, “they always turn on you. No, you’ve been “dumbed-down”. You’ve been indoctrinated. You’ve drank the Kool-Aid.

    Stop voting for them. That way, they can’t turn on you!!!

    The GOP stands for the top 1% and the sooner you learn that fact, you won’t feel the way you do now.

    Semper Fi

  11. Doc3 says:

    Wow you people are dim. The New Democraric Progressive Union Socialist Communist Party has done more damage to this Nation than any foreign enemy. Just stay home and do not vote, let people that understand the Nation is bankrupt try to save the Repulic.

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