Looking for good news Republicans? Look to the states.
The Washington Post reports this week that Republicans are on offense in gubernatorial elections, and could very well add to their already impressive majority on Election Day.
With 12 gubernatorial elections this year, including seven open seats, the RGA is on offense and targeting a handful of Democrat-held states, including West Virginia, Missouri, Vermont, New Hampshire, Montana and others.
The Washington Post reports:
Even as Donald Trump falls behind in the presidential race, Republicans are seeing some signs of hope in key governor’s races.
- In North Carolina, the past four telephone public polls have put Gov. Pat McCrory (R) within two points of Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), after trailing by as much as the high single-digits for much of September and early October.
- In Vermont, the very first public poll of the general election this week, from Vermont Public Radio and the Castleton Polling Institute, has popular Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) with a one-point edge on former state representative Sue Minter (D), 39 percent to 38 percent.
- In Montana, another polling drought has ended, and the new Mason-Dixon poll shows GOP businessman Greg Gianforte within two points of Gov. Steve Bullock (D), 47 percent to 45 percent.
We now have four states in the “toss-up” category, and whichever party wins more of them will have gained seats in the 2016 election.
In addition to Montana, Missouri and West Virginia loom as red states in which the GOP could legitimately steal Democratic-held seats. Polling in the latter two states has suggested a Democratic edge, but the GOP continues to insist they’re very winnable.
Much remains to play out, but it’s not inconceivable that, in the year of Trump, the GOP could still set a record for Republican governors.