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On the Fix, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has a good overview of the possible candidate for governor of California in 2010. The particulars of the race are intriguing, but just as interesting to me is that Cillizza, a reporter who spends most energy on the presidential contest, is already writing about a 2010 gubernatorial race. Here's what he had to say about that:
In 49 days, when (and if) the historic contest between John McCain and Barack Obama ends, political junkies -- including The Fix -- will start craving their next, well, fix.
Our recommendation? Look west to the open seat race for the next governor of California -- a massively influential post that will help shape the direction of the country economically and culturally almost as much as the identity of the next resident of the White House.
I expect a lot more national reporters like Cillizza will start paying closer attention to state politics leading into 2010. Why? There won't be a presidential election. If Democrats make substantial gains in the U.S. Senate this year (very likely) and solidify their gains in the U.S. House (more in doubt, I think, than most people realize), control of Congress might not be in play.
While the federal elections might be snoozers, it will be a crucial year in state politics. The governors' races in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan and a host of smaller states all should be competitive. Who knows, Ohio and Florida could get interesting.
And, even for people who don't care much about state policy (shame on you!), these are the governors who will oversee the congressional redistricting process. That factor will create a lot more interest in gubernatorial races, not to mention interest in state legislative elections.
Gosh, I can hardly wait. Will this tedious presidential election ever end?
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