MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) The nation’s governors will start meeting in Milwaukee today, amid questions about whether they can keep their conservative dominance after next fall’s elections.
Thirty of the nation’s 50 governors are Republicans. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker was among 16 first-time G-O-P state leaders elected in 2010 – and he’s among eight in states that elected Democrat Barack Obama for president in both 2008-and-2012. Those eight have spread conservative principles beyond the normal G-O-P base of states, with varying degrees of success. Four of those governors have job approval ratings of 40-percent or less, and five national political surveys rate them as among the most vulnerable next fall. Those four are Rick Snyder of Michigan, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Paul LePage of Maine, and Rick Scott of Florida.
Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich survived rocky starts to emerge as possible favorites in their contests next year.
University of Virginia analyst Larry Sabato tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that many first-time G-O-P governors are responding to different coalitions than the ones which normally dominate their states – and those states may not be as conservative as they seem. Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report said many of the new governors inherited lots of problems. She said they created bold moves to solve them – and in the process, some created their own drama.