Gubernatorial Elections, Campaign Costs and Powers

The three gubernatorial elections that took place in 2007 maintained the 28 Democratic governors to 22 Republican governors split that developed following the 2006 gubernatorial elections. The cost of running for governor continues to be expensive, and after several years of no forced gubernatorial exits from office, in March 2008 we watched the governor of New York resign from office due to a personal situation.

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About the Author
Thad Beyle is a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Syracuse University A.B. and A.M., he received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. He spent a year in the North Carolina governor’s office in the mid-1960s and has worked with the National Governors Association in several capacities on gubernatorial transitions.

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