Republicans Confident about Prospects in Gubernatorial Races
Cox said Senate candidates across the map are benefiting from strong gubernatorial candidates in their states, and they will likely “reinforce one another” on messaging and their ground game.
“Of the 36 governors’ races, we have 25 U.S. Senate races,” Cox said. “Unlike in 2012, in states like Missouri and Indiana, where our governors were distancing themselves from our candidates for the U.S. Senate, we have a great crop of U.S. Senate candidate this year and a great crop of gubernatorial candidates.”
There are four states where governors are running ahead of Senate candidates – Iowa, Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina – and Cox thinks this will help the Senate candidates.
Polling shows Republican Govs. Terry Branstad, Rick Snyder, Nathan Deal, and Pat McCrory doing better with voters than Senate candidates Joni Ernst (Iowa), Terri Lynn Land (Michigan), the two potential challengers to Michelle Nunn in Georgia, and Thom Tillis (N.C.).
The RGA sees Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Maine Gov. Paul LePage as its most vulnerable. Nevertheless, Cox said the RGA is “fully committed” to the races in these states.
He highlighted the cases of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who have turned around negative poll numbers over the past two years.
“Our governors are getting results and their states are moving in the right direction,” Cox said. “They’ve turned deficits into surpluses. They’ve reformed their education, tax…and regulatory regimes. And voters are giving them credit for the reforms they’ve made and for the improving conditions in their states.”
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