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Republicans Confident about Prospects in Gubernatorial Races

Will Christie's committee outpace GOP Senate gains or give a boost to struggling races? (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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July 21, 2014 - 12:17 am
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WASHINGTON – The Republican Governors Association (RGA) says it plans to spend $100 million in the final 100 days before the November elections.

The committee, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, began this month with $70 million in the bank. It also raised $26 million in the second quarter, which has put the organization in a “strong financial position,” RGA executive director Phil Cox told reporters.

He said the RGA continues to outraise its Democratic counterpart “two to one.”

The RGA has spent $25 million in the first half of the year in states such as South Carolina, Iowa, and New Mexico.

“The goal of the early money was to narrow the defensive map,” Cox said.

Cox’s comments came at a briefing Wednesday in the Capitol Hill Club, alongside the top officials of all the other leading Republican Party committees.

He said the early buys have allowed Republican incumbents to push their leads into double-digit territory in these three states.

Cox said early spending in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Mexico will let the RGA spend money in other states currently held by Democrats.

These states include Colorado, where the latest Quinnipiac poll shows former Rep. Bob Beauprez in a statistical tie with Gov. John Hickenlooper; Massachusetts, where a recent Boston Globe poll shows Republican Charlie Baker trailing by only 5 points; and Hawaii, where Cox said that a three-way race and the state’s “disastrous implementation of Obamacare” makes Gov. Neil Abercrombie vulnerable.

Republicans are defending GOP-held offices in 22 of the 36 contests for governor up for grabs on the Nov. 4 elections. Eighteen of the 19 Republican incumbents are either tied or currently lead in these races. Some of them are in states that Obama carried in both 2008 and 2012, such as Michigan, as well as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, Maine, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Cox said there are nine states that are the “most competitive.” These include six states that Obama carried twice and where Republican governors face re-election. The three other states, which Cox described as “tremendous pick up opportunities,” are Arkansas, where Gov. Mike Beebee is retiring; Connecticut, where Gov. Daniel Malloy faces a rematch with the Republican candidate he hardly beat in 2010; and Illinois, where Gov. Pat Quinn’s approval numbers are in the low 30s.

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I donated close to the max to John Kasich in 2010. He won with energetic Tea Party support. Then, he pushed Obama's Medicaid expansion over the vote of the state legislature. He ultimately rammed Medicaid Expansion through with Obama via an "executive action" contrary to the vote of the legislature. Then he personally targeted the state representatives who voted against his illegal Medicaid Expansion and worked to remove them from office. He has personally taken many actions against the Ohio Tea Party from the same playbook we have seen in Mississippi and Virginia. Spreading lies, running liberal candidates with ads promoting them as conservatives (lies) and attacking the Tea Party.

I will not donate to John Kasich this year. I will not vote for him. I am still deciding if I will vote for his opponent as the price for his treachery. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life but I am sick of the immoral behavior of todays Republicans who only have one enemy they truly fight - conservatives. I will give them the fight back.
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I suspect the RGA has written off as a lost cause The People's Republic of Maryland ☭ from which I am a refugee. In The People’s Republic no tax is ever left unturned, no economic success unpunished and no politically incorrect statement un-prosecuted. The GOP should have imported our great RINO Arnold; the place is about to become California East.
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A big......SIGH!......in agreement here from Deepest Central Maryland. At least I'm not living in Bal'mor.
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Another Northeastern "moderate." Yay! That worked so well for us in 2012.
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I donated close to the max to John Kasich in 2010. He won with energetic Tea Party support. Then, he pushed Obama's Medicaid expansion over the vote of the state legislature. He ultimately rammed Medicaid Expansion through with Obama via an "executive action" contrary to the vote of the legislature. Then he personally targeted the state representatives who voted against his illegal Medicaid Expansion and worked to remove them from office. He has personally taken many actions against the Ohio Tea Party from the same playbook we have seen in Mississippi and Virginia. Spreading lies, running liberal candidates with ads promoting them as conservatives (lies) and attacking the Tea Party.

I will not donate to John Kasich this year. I will not vote for him. I am still deciding if I will vote for his opponent as the price for his treachery. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life but I am sick of the immoral behavior of todays Republicans who only have one enemy they truly fight - conservatives. I will give them the fight back.
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When Schwarzenegger ran for re-election, I simply did not vote for Governor. I voted for all the down ticket offices, but not Governor. California Democrats are even worse than Democrats from other states as you know from Nancy Pelosi. So I could not vote for the Democrat, but Schwarzenegger was such a fool I never could, and never did vote for him. If he had stayed in movies where he belonged Tom McClintock might have been able to fix our broken state.

Oh well that's water long gone under the bridge. The point is you have a choice between voting for a traitorous R or an always wrong D. Just say no to both.
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I might but I am so angry at Republican use of Alinsky tactics in competing in primaries against good conservatives and using Washington General tactics (like Romney) when running against evil Democrats like Obama, that I might have to go further in punishing Kasich. I will be watching the national Republican actions in Mississippi for signals. If they "undo" the stolen election and Cochran resigns I might be more forgiving. But if I see no acceptance and repentance following the criminal and immoral behavior by the Republican party then I will have to adopt my own Alinsky tactics against them. I will not be part of their evil.
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It's funny to me that you still see so many of these "go team go" columns for the republican party. There are so many of us out here who don't give a tinker's damn about the fortunes of The Party as a whole anymore. We accomplish nothing by supporting republicans like Kasich just because they slap an (R) at the end of their name.
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Pennsylvania? That's a joke.

Wolf is wiping the floor with Corbett (partly thanks to Jerry Sandusky) in every poll being taken in PA.

Even though Wolf has said he'll significantly raise the state income tax, and institute a boatload of new taxes, he's still running away with it.

There are constant protests in downtown Harrisburg against Corbett because he's slashed the funding for one entitlement or another.

Wolf could eat a live baby on the Capitol steps and he'd still win, because right now, all PA voters care about are keeping their entitlements (that, and to punish Corbett for not doing anything about Sandusky despite being on PSU's board of directors).

It sucks, but that's the view I'm getting from Harrisburg.
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Hmmm. So Christie's the head of the RGA? That's a huge comfort. What's his number one policy objective? Making sure the republican governors embrace obama when he shows up in their states?
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Yay, more RINOs like Christie.
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