In the next two years there will be 38 gubernatorial races. Thirty eight, ya’ll. Out of 50. That’s a big deal. Here is a quick run down of those up for re-election, from NPR:
2009 — 2 (2 Dem)
New Jersey: Jon Corzine (D) is likely to seek re-election. The Republican most often talked about is former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, but he has yet to announce his intentions. The GOP field is still being sorted out. Primary: June 2.
Virginia: Tim Kaine (D) is limited to one term. The Republican nominee will be Bob McDonnell, the state attorney general. Three Democrats have expressed interest in running: former state Del. Brian Moran, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds and ex-Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe. The primary is June 9. Click here for more on the race.
2010 — 36 (20 Dem, 16 GOP)
Alabama: Bob Riley (R) is term-limited. Among the Democrats looking at the race is Rep. Artur Davis.
Alaska: Sarah Palin (R) is expected to seek a second term. There have been some reports that Palin might take on GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the primary, but that’s unlikely.
Arizona: Jan Brewer (R), the secretary of state, will become governor when Janet Napolitano (D) resigns to join the Obama Cabinet as secretary of homeland security. Brewer is expected to run in 2010.
Arkansas: Mike Beebe (D) is expected to seek a second term.
California: Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is term-limited. Former Rep. Tom Campbell, eBay exec Meg Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner are potential GOP candidates. List of possible Dems includes Mayors Gavin Newsom of San Francisco and Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi.
Colorado: Bill Ritter (D) is expected to seek a second term.
Connecticut: Jodi Rell (R) is expected to seek a second full term.
Florida: Charlie Crist (R) is expected to seek a second term.
Georgia: Sonny Perdue (R) is term-limited. GOP field may include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.
Hawaii: Linda Lingle (R) is term-limited.
Idaho: Butch Otter (R) is expected to seek a second term.
Illinois: Rod Blagojevich (D) may resign early to become King of Neptune.
Iowa: Chet Culver (D) is expected to seek a second term.
Kansas: Kathleen Sebelius (D) is term-limited. Sen. Sam Brownback (R) is expected to run for governor.
Maine: John Baldacci (D) is term-limited.
Maryland: Martin O’Malley (D) is expected to seek a second term. Bob Ehrlich, unseated by O’Malley in 2002, is the most prominent Republican name mentioned.
Massachusetts: Deval Patrick (D) is expected to seek a second term.
Michigan: Jennifer Granholm (D) is term-limited. Among the Republicans looking at this are state Attorney General Mike Cox, Secretary of State Terri Land and Rep. Peter Hoekstra, who recently announced he won’t seek re-election to the House.
Minnesota: Tim Pawlenty (R) may seek a third term.
Nebraska: Dave Heineman (R) is expected to seek a second full term.
Nevada: Jim Gibbons (R) may seek a second term.
New Hampshire: John Lynch (D) is expected to seek a fourth two-year term.
New Mexico: Diane Denish (D) becomes governor when Bill Richardson (D) resigns to join Obama Cabinet as secretary of commerce. Denish was already planning to run to replace the term-limited Richardson.
New York: David Paterson (D), who became governor after Eliot Spitzer (D) resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal in March, is expected to seek his first full term.
Ohio: Ted Strickland (D) is expected to seek a second term.
Oklahoma: Brad Henry (D) is term-limited.
Oregon: Ted Kulongoski (D) is term-limited.
Pennsylvania: Ed Rendell (D) is term-limited.
Rhode Island: Donald Carcieri (R) is term-limited.
South Carolina: Mark Sanford (R) is term-limited.
South Dakota: Mike Rounds (R) is term-limited.
Tennessee: Phil Bredesen (D) is term-limited.
Texas: Rick Perry (R), who became governor when George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000, may seek a third full term. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) is expected to run regardless of Perry’s decision.
Vermont: Jim Douglas (R) is expected to seek a fifth two-year term.
Wisconsin: Jim Doyle (D) is expected to seek a third term.
Wyoming:: Dave Freudenthal (D) is term-limited.
Just so you don’t have to do that counting, that’s 22 Dem seats and 16 GOP seats up for reelection. Start doing the work NOW to get the right guy elected.
Michiganders – here’s your chance to get someone in there who can begin to repair some of the damage that Granholm managed to inflict. Hint: It’s definitely not Terri Land.
New Jersey – Don’t put Christie in office please. Stop feeding the RINOs.
Side Note: I really wish people would stop with this “Charlie Crist is the GOP future” thing. He’s not at all what we want in a candidate. Not to mention that his personal would SO not hold up to the scrutiny it’s sure to be under if he runs for national office.
Highlight: Illinois: Rod Blagojevich (D) may resign early to become King of Neptune.
Just go far away, Blago.