The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to one primary objective: electing and supporting Republican governors. Republicans now hold a majority of governorships as millions of Americans enjoy the strong leadership provided by Republican chief executives. All across the country, Republican governors are implementing innovative ideas, lowering taxes, growing jobs and achieving meaningful reforms.
In 2018, the RGA faced the most challenging map in our history and proved, once again, that we know how to make smart investments and get results. Tasked with defending Republican-held governorships in 26 of 36 states, the RGA developed a four-year plan to defend our majority, and the result was a success. For the 2018 cycle, the RGA raised a record-breaking $178 million, allowing us to make unprecedented investments in gubernatorial races across the country. The RGA also decided early on to innovate and bring research, digital, rapid response and tracking programs in-house, allowing us to act quickly and take advantage of every opportunity to make a difference in our target races.
These early decisions and planning enabled us to re-elect 11 of our 13 incumbents, win a majority of toss-up races, win a majority of our open seat races that we were defending, and win a majority of races where governors have an impact on redistricting. Republicans won incredibly close and important races in Florida, Ohio, Georgia and Iowa, and flipped Alaska to GOP control. This was a direct result of the RGA’s planning, spending and action. We held the line and fought back against the “blue wave” that Democrats promised was coming.
Republicans also made history in 2018, electing the first female governors of South Dakota and Iowa, the first female Republican governor of Alabama, re-electing the first Republican governor of Maryland in over 60 years, and electing the youngest governor in the nation in Florida.
The RGA’s focus continues to be on growing our majority so that even more Americans can benefit from the results-driven leadership GOP governors provide. Republicans are poised to make gains in governors’ races in the 2020 cycle, with key pickup opportunities in Montana and North Carolina, and a comprehensive plan to defend our incumbents. The time is now to build the foundation, recruit candidates and raise the funds needed to elect more Republican governors.
The RGA’s four-year model, unique among political committees, ensures that while we are focused on 2020, we are also laying the groundwork for 2021 and 2022 by raising funds, conducting research, and holding Democratic governors accountable.
Republican governors get the job done. 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 common-sense conservative policies across the country.
Governor Greg Abbott, Texas