Gubernatorial Elections, Campaign Costs and Powers

The 2006 elections reversed a decade-long Republican trend as 20 Democrats and 16 Republicans won their races in 2006. This means that in 2007, the 50 states will be in a partisan split with 28 Democratic governors and 22 Republican governors—the exact reverse of the split going into the 2006 gubernatorial elections.

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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.