While Democrats nominate far-left extreme candidates in states across the country, potentially blowing winnable governor’s races, Republicans are on offense and making inroads in traditionally blue states. The Washington Post is now highlighting the Republican effort to elect and re-elect GOP governors in deep-blue states.
The Washington Post reports that strong GOP gubernatorial candidates in blue states are “giving Democrats fits” as they “are proving to be resilient in unexpected places,” including Oregon, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
In Oregon, the Washington Post notes that GOP gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler is running a well-funded, policy-oriented campaign to oust failed Governor Kate Brown, whose campaign has been “hobbled by a series of management crises,” including major scandals in the foster care system, as well as her inability to fix pension and homelessness crises.
In Rhode Island, polls “show Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) could be vulnerable.” In Connecticut, Republican Bob Stefanowski is running a strong race against Democrat Ned Lamont, who has allied himself with failed outgoing Governor Dan Malloy.
The Washington Post also notes that Republicans have had incredible success electing governors in blue states, and are poised to do so again this year. “Recent polls suggest that Republicans Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Phil Scott of Vermont — all up for reelection this fall in states carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 — remain among the most popular governors in the country and are favored to win re-election.”