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Missouri Pol Arranges Interviews, Then Kills Self

Tom Schweich, candidate for governor, shot himself, say police

(Newser) - Missouri's political world was stunned today with the news that Tom Schweich, the state auditor and a Republican candidate for governor, was dead from what police are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 54-year-old apparently shot himself in his own home this morning, just minutes after calling reporters from... More »

Guy Hits Illinois Guv Hopeful With Sex Harassment Suit

Treasurer Dan Rutherford's gubernatorial campaign might be in trouble

(Newser) - One part of the lawsuit is kind of a yawner, politically speaking: A former employee of the state treasurer's office in Illinois says he was pressured to work on his boss' campaign for governor on company time, reports the Chicago Tribune . It's the other part that's generating... More »

Post-Filibuster, Wendy Davis Rakes In $1.2M

But she won't announce if she'll run for governor for a few weeks

(Newser) - If Wendy Davis does decide to make a run for governor , she'll have some cash in her pockets to help fund the way. The Texas state senator raked in $1.2 million in the six weeks following her marathon filibuster , reports Politico . Most of it came from small donors—... More »

GOP Now Holds 30 Governor's Mansions

Republicans flip NC; races in Montana, Washington not yet called

(Newser) - It's not all bad news for the GOP: Republicans now have control of 30 governor's offices, the highest number controlled by either party since 2000 and close to the party's all-time high of 34 seats. There were 11 gubernatorial elections yesterday, and all but two have been... More »

After Tonight, GOP Could Own 66% of Governor Mansions

GOP will pick up 1 seat, and could grab as many as 4

(Newser) - It's a race for the governor's mansion in 11 states today, and the GOP could end the night at the helm of more than two-thirds of the 50 states. The GOP currently controls 29 of the country's top state offices; it's expected to keep the three... More »

Dem Hangs On to Win W. Virginia Special Election

Despite attempts to shackle him to President Obama

(Newser) - Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin pulled out a slim win in last night’s special election in West Virginia, despite a late charge from Republican challenger Bill Maloney, who strove mightily to shackle Tomblin to President Obama. West Virginia tends to vote for Democrats in everything except presidential... More »

Sink Concedes Fla. Governor's Race

Rick Scott will take over from Charlie Crist

(Newser) - Alex Sink is taking her text messages and going home, conceding the Florida governor's race to Republican multimillionaire Rick Scott after his campaign called a win on her part a "mathematical impossibility." Scott, who ran on an anti-establishment platform with Tea Party blessings, had held what the AP... More »

7 Governor's Races to Watch

Republicans poised for huge redistricting advantage

(Newser) - Governor’s seats are up for grabs in 37 states today, and Republicans look poised to win loads of them—which could have a profound impact when it comes time to redraw district lines . This Huffington Post tally shows 29 seats held by or leaning toward Republicans, to 16 for... More »

Tomorrow's Real Prize? State Legislatures

Forget Congress: It's governorships and state chambers that count

(Newser) - As tomorrow’s election looms, most are focused on which party will control next year’s Congress—but the big prize is really state legislatures, writes Nick Baumann in Mother Jones . A party that gains a “trifecta—control of the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature”—... More »

Under Fire for Text, Fla. Gov Candidate Fires Staffer

Candidate caught breaking rules by viewing phone message

(Newser) - Facing a ruckus after her campaign sneaked her a message during a debate Monday night, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor has fired a staffer for the rules violation. GOP candidate Rick Scott spotted Alex Sink being shown a message on a cell phone during a commercial break and informed moderators,... More »

RI Democrat Frank Caprio Tells Obama to 'Shove It'

Would-be governor doesn't get, doesn't want president's backing

(Newser) - Rhode Island's Democratic candidate for governor, Frank Caprio, says President Obama can just "take his endorsement and really shove it, as far as I'm concerned"—this in a radio interview after Obama declined to endorse him in the first place. The White House said yesterday that Obama wouldn't... More »

Today's Poll: Paladino 24%, Cuomo 57%

Sees momentum for Tea Partier, much greater distance to close

(Newser) - Andrew Cuomo must not know which end is up these days: Just yesterday, a Quinnipiac poll had GOP nominee Carl Paladino "within shouting distance" of the governor's mansion with 43% to Cuomo's 49%. But a Siena poll out today puts those numbers at a much more distant 24%... More »

Jan Brewer: OK, I Was Wrong on Beheadings

She takes back statement on bodies in US desert

(Newser) - No more debates for Jan Brewer, but Arizona's governor is clearing one thing up: No headless bodies are turning up in the state's desert regions because of illegal immigration. "That was an error, if I said that," she tells AP . "I misspoke, but you know, let... More »

Brewer: No More Debates

Arizona governor stumbled in recent one

(Newser) - Wednesday's disastrous debate proved to be enough for Jan Brewer, who swore off participating in any more for the rest of the Arizona gubernatorial race. Brewer said she only agreed to the event because it qualified her campaign for $1.7 million in public funds. The governor argued that she... More »

Candidate Runs 'Fighting' Ad Against Assault Victim Rival

Boxing gloves odd choice in Wisconsin

(Newser) - Scott Walker has taken the gloves off—by putting them on—in his push to be Wisconsin's governor. The Republican county executive of Milwaukee has a new ad attacking his presumptive Democratic rival, Mayor Tom Barrett, that shows him wearing boxing gloves. Walker claims he's "ready to go the... More »

Rory Who? Harry Reid's Son Avoids Last Name

Ads in governor's race missing something

(Newser) - Nobody can accuse Rory Reid of running on his father's name to become Nevada's next governor. Running away from it, maybe. His first TV spot in the general campaign conspicuously avoids any mention of "Reid," using only his "Rory 2010" campaign logo, notes the Hill . In fact,... More »

Jerry Brown Compares Meg Whitman to Goebbels

California gubernatorial race turns ugly early

(Newser) - Jerry Brown has $20 million in his California gubernatorial campaign coffers, but the $71 million Meg Whitman spent in securing the Republican nomination has her Democratic opponent worried—so worried he's comparing her to Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels. "Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda," California's current AG said... More »

Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman Come Out Swinging

Sniping begins in California governor's race

(Newser) - It didn't take long for what promises to be one of the most entertainment races of the fall to get into gear. A day after winning their party nominations in the California governor's race, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman were already at it. Samples, from the Los Angeles Times :
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Nikki Haley's New Ad: Meet My Husband

SC candidate says she's seen the 'dark side' of politics

(Newser) - Nikki Haley's new TV ad in South Carolina addresses the flap over her unsubstantiated sex scandal without exactly mentioning it. "I’ve seen the dark side of our state’s politics," says the GOP gubernatorial candidate. The short spot ends with her introducing her husband, notes Talking Points... More »

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