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In Nod to Gun Owners, GOPer Has Prize for One 'Lucky Winner'

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams is giving away a bump stock

(Newser) - Less than three weeks after Stephen Paddock used bump stocks in his massacre of 58 people in Las Vegas, a Republican running for governor in Georgia wants to give one away for free. In a statement , Georgia State Sen. Michael Williams says he'll give "a free bump stock... More »

A 16-Year-Old Is Running for Governor in Kansas

Jack Bergeson is hoping to win Kansas' top spot in 2018

(Newser) - Jack Bergeson won't be able to vote for himself when he appears on the Kansas ballot for governor in 2018—because he won't be 18 yet. As the director of elections with Kansas' secretary of state's office explains to the Wall Street Journal , the Sunflower State is... More »

GOP's Share of Governors' Mansions Could Swell

Republicans poised to pick up Democratic seats

(Newser) - It's not just the White House and Congress up for grabs: Governors are being chosen in a dozen states, as well as American Samoa and Puerto Rico, where the leading candidate plans a big push for statehood . Analysts say that even if Republicans struggle further up the ballot, the... More »

Outcome of Governors' Races Could Be Historic

It's been 30 years since more than 6 incumbents were booted

(Newser) - It's been 30 years since more than six governors were ousted in one fell swoop, but this year could prove a revolutionary election. Eleven incumbents are in trouble in the polls (and two other open-seat races could see a party switch), the Washington Post reports. And with just two... More »

Maine Gubernatorial Candidate: I'm Gay, So What?

Mike Michaud comes out with op-ed, saying, 'Yes, I am. But why should it matter?'

(Newser) - A Democratic candidate for Maine governor came out today, and the announcement is rippling across state boundaries. US Rep. Mike Michaud sent an op-ed to the AP , Portland Press Herald , and Bangor Daily News today, saying that he was responding to "whisper campaigns, insinuations, and push-polls" from his political... More »

NY GOP Woos Trump: Run for Governor!

The Donald seems mildly interested

(Newser) - Goodbye, Donald Trump, fake presidential candidate. Hello Donald Trump, fake gubernatorial candidate! Some New York Republicans want the Donald to take on Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, in what they admit is a desperate ploy, the New York Post reports. "There is only one prospective candidate who could run... More »

Wendy Davis Is Running for Governor: Report

She'll announce it officially next week, says Politico

(Newser) - Texas' most famous pro-choice lawmaker won't disappoint the Democrats who were hoping she'd run for governor. Wendy Davis' advisers have begun telling major Democratic players that Davis intends to run, sources tell Politico . One Davis consultant says she'll announce next week. Davis' filibuster of an anti-abortion bill... More »

Jerry Brown's $37M Trumped Whitman's $179M

Failed Calif. gov campaign cost $43.25 per vote in her favor

(Newser) - Democrat Jerry Brown won the California governor's race despite being outspent nearly 5 to 1 by opponent Meg Whitman, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday. The former eBay CEO, who shattered the record for personal spending by a candidate, spent $178.5 million on her campaign, of which $144.... More »

John Kitzhaber Wins Oregon

Democrat defeats ex-NBA player Chris Dudley for governor

(Newser) - It was too close to call until late yesterday, but former standout NBA shot blocker Chris Dudley couldn't block Democrat John Kitzhaber from winning a historic third term as Oregon governor. Kitzhaber, whose last term ended 7 years ago, will replace Gov. Ted Kulongoski, AP reports. The Democratic governor is... More »

Whitman Gouging Press for Travel

Calif. candidate charging journos $2K for day—sans hotel

(Newser) - Meg Whitman is charging reporters huge sums to travel with the candidate during her campaign's final days, notes Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle : One day will cost members of the press “a whopping $1,350,” but that’s small change compared to another day’s “... More »

7 Would-Be Governors Join Farcical NY Debate

Former madam, Rent is Too Damn High candidate stand out in crowded field

(Newser) - Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino didn't even mention each other and there were more jokes than personal attacks in the first, and possibly last, debate in the New York governor's race. No fewer than seven hopefuls joined the debate, including former brothel madam Kirstin Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party, former... More »

'Rich Whitey' Appears on Chicago Ballots

Misspelling of Rich Whitney's name to be corrected

(Newser) - A certain “Rich Whitey” is running for governor of Illinois—or so the ballots have it. Thousands of electronic voting machines, including about 500 currently being used for early voting, contain a misspelling of Green Party hopeful Rich Whitney’s last name, the AP reports. “We don't have... More »

Anti-Abortion Paladino Rents to Planned Parenthood

Candidate says lease left him no choice

(Newser) - Carl Paladino's distaste for man-on-man action didn't stop him renting to a gay club , and his firm anti-abortion views haven't stopped him collecting rent checks from Planned Parenthood. The New York candidate—who says he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest—is the landlord for a Niagara... More »

Why 'Whore' Isn't the N-Word

Jerry Brown is right: Slur isn't the female equivalent of the N-word

(Newser) - Was Tom Brokaw right when he told California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown that calling someone a “whore” is "to many women the same as calling an African American the 'N' word”? Not quite, Joan Walsh writes in Salon . “Whore” is a “crude and loaded word... More »

Illinois Gov: My Opponent Wants to Murder Doggies

Attack ad targets Brady for supporting mass euthanization of pets

(Newser) - Illinois' Democratic governor isn't doing much to change the state's reputation for bare-knuckle politics. An attack ad from Pat Quinn targets Republican rival Bill Brady for sponsoring a bill to "mass euthanize sheltered cats and dogs in gas chambers," with text appearing on screen over footage of whining... More »

Rabbi Pulls Support for Paladino

Rabbi: candidate 'folded like a cheap camera' over anti-gay remarks

(Newser) - The Orthodox rabbi who set up the meeting where Carl Paladino made controversial anti-gay remarks says the candidate has lost his support. Paladino, who issued an apology for his remarks, "folded like a cheap camera," Yehuda Levin complains. "Which part of the speech that you gave in... More »

Brown, Whitman Get Nasty in Final Debate

Candidates fiddle over who's a whore while Rome burns

(Newser) - For a state teetering on the edge of collapse, the final debate in the battle for California governor was long on mud-slinging and short on solutions to the state's problems. Meg Whitman attacked Jerry Brown for an aide who apparently described her as a whore . The Democrat offered a halfhearted... More »

Paladino Semi-Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks

Candidate blames press, poor choice of words

(Newser) - Carl Paladino has issued a belated and somewhat strange apology for the anti-gay remarks that caused an uproar. "I was handed a script," his statement says. "I redacted some contents that were unacceptable. I did also say some things for which I should have chosen better words.... More »

Paladino Defends Remarks on Gays

It's just that he doesn't want kids exposed to 'disgusting' grinding in Speedos

(Newser) - Carl Paladino may have implied yesterday that homosexuality is not as “valid or successful” as heterosexuality, but that’s only because being gay is “a very, very ugly experience for those that are discriminated against,” he explains today. “And it shouldn’t be. Our society should... More »

Paladino: Gays Are Dysfunctional

NY candidate wants to protect kids from 'homosexual agenda'

(Newser) - Sure, he sent racist emails , scuffled with a reporter over his not-so-secret 'love child' , and dished on his opponent's "legendary" sex life , but Carl Paladino is a (self-proclaimed) "values candidate," here to protect the children. Being gay is "not the example that we should be showing... More »

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