Republican Governors have won control of the majority of 2012 swing states. The following states that held gubernatorial races are considered swing states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The RGA spent $49.5 million in these 10 swing states we deemed critical to 2012.
Of the 10 swing states listed above, 8 had Democratic governors in 2008. President Obama carried every one of the above swing states that had a Democratic governor except for Arizona. With Republicans winning back a majority, President Obama’s 2012 map is much more difficult.
“Republican control of the majority of 2012 swing states is a major roadblock to the President’s re-election and a repudiation of his policies,” said RGA Chairman Haley Barbour. “These states are the bellwethers of the nation, and they’ve sent a firm message to Washington that America wants smaller government and more freedom.”