The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to one primary objective: electing and supporting Republican governors. Over the past year, we expanded our majority to 34 Republican governors, the highest number in U.S. history, 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.
In 2016, the RGA was very successful 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 successfully 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 2018, 36 gubernatorial elections are scheduled to occur, including a large amount of open-seat contests. We’re already seeing the importance of concentrating on the successful model of Republican governors – doing what we said we’d do by enacting bold reform – if we want to win. These 2018 races present multiple challenges, but also numerous opportunities. The RGA is recruiting candidates, raising funds, and building a strong foundation now so we can defend our incumbents and elect a new class of Republican governors.
We will be fighting to re-elect Republican governors in places like Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois, and defend open-seat contests in important states like Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan. The RGA will also be on offense in key open-seat contests currently held by Democrats, including Connecticut, Colorado and Minnesota.
And make no mistake, Democrats are chomping at the bit to take on our governors in hopes of clawing back to power. The Left has 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 and outside groups, we must raise the resources in order to compete.
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 Bill Haslam, Tennessee