Wait Till Next Year

Marc Ambinder at TheAtlantic.com, while dismissive about reading too much "meaning" into today's elections, looks ahead to 2010 and declares that races ...
by | November 3, 2009

Sam Brownback Marc Ambinder at TheAtlantic.com, while dismissive about reading too much "meaning" into today's elections, looks ahead to 2010 and declares that races for governor will be "supremo":

Races in New York, California, Florida and Texas will be -- already are! -- competitive. In Texas and California, the media will be riveted by intense and potentially clarifying primaries on the Republican side. At least six races are absolute tossups: California, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada.  Republicans see pick-up opportunities in Arizona, in Colorado, in Ohio, in Pennsylvania and in Kansas, where former Sen. Sam Brownback plans a run and where the Democratic incumbent doesn't want to run for a full term.

Democrats are targeting Minnesota and California, among other states, although why anyone would want that job right now is beyond me. Florida's going to be a great race to watch: the likely Democratic nominee, Alex Sink, and the likely Republican nominee, Bill McCollum, are both known commodities and both quirky campaigners. The partisan tides are evenly balanced, as are the party organizations.

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