The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to one primary objective: electing and supporting Republican governors. Over the past year, we expanded our majority to 33 Republican governors, a 95-year high, and more than twice the number of current Democrat governors. All across America, Republican governors are implementing innovative ideas, lowering taxes, creating more job opportunities and achieving meaningful reform.
The RGA was very successful in 2016 and proved, once again, that we know how to make smart investments and get results. We strengthened our majority by winning deep blue states like New Hampshire and Vermont. We also picked up Missouri and defended Indiana, North Dakota and Utah. The one common theme in all of these victories was having the best candidate and the best ideas in the race. We invested in these races because we had superior candidates and our investments make the difference in close races.
In 2017, there are two crucial gubernatorial elections. In New Jersey, term-limited Gov. Chris Christie has brought needed reform, but Democrats and the unions are prepared to put up a tough fight to try to regain the traditionally blue state. In Virginia, term-limited Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe has struggled with a sluggish economy, and with a contentious primary fight occurring between Democrats Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello, Republicans are in a prime position to take back the governorship.
In 2018, at least 36 gubernatorial elections will occur, including nearly 20 open-seat contests. These numbers present multiple challenges, but also numerous opportunities. The RGA is recruiting candidates, raising funds, and building a strong foundation now to defend our incumbents and to elect a new class of Republican governors.
Democrats are already chomping at the bit to take on our governors in hopes of clawing back to power. The Left has already put together a new initiative, focused on winning governorships to impact redistricting, and have put former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder in charge of the campaign. In order for the RGA to be successful and stand up to these challenges, the road to victory has to start now.
Republican governors are America’s doers. We are transforming our states for the better, driving economic growth, reinventing state government and getting results. The RGA continues to be the most effective political organization in America and Republican governors continue to be the best investment for advancing conservative policies across the country. We are moving America forward!
Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin