Gubernatorial Elections, Campaign Costs and Powers

Only two governorships were contested and decided in the elections of 2005—those in New Jersey and Virginia. In both political situations the races seemed very close in the campaign “horserace” polls, yet in the final vote count, the Democratic candidates won by nearly nine points in New Jersey and by nearly six points in Virginia. This continued the Democratic Party’s control over these two gubernatorial chairs and left the 50 states split with 28 Republican governors and 22 Democratic governors holding office in 2006.

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About the Author
Thad Beyle is professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Syracuse University AB and Am, 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.