Abbott-O’Rourke among top governor’s races to watch this November
Education, Abortion rights, and public safety.
Those are three of the most important issues most likely to be handled at the state level in the next year. So as we head into the 2022 elections, here are three governor’s races to watch.
Number one: Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey is term limited.
The last time he ran in 2018 he won by nearly 18 points.
But a lot has changed since then. President Biden turned Arizona blue in 2020, after he won by less than a half a percent, and both of the state’s Senate seats have flipped from Republican to Democrat.
This year’s governor’s race is between the Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and former news anchor Kari Lake, a Trump-backed Republican. The contest is considered a toss-up.
Number two: Georgia It’s a rematch! Republican incumbent Brian Kemp won this contest in 2018 by a point and a half. The Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams is trying again, although she never conceded defeat the first time.
But just like Arizona, it’s a very different political landscape. In 2020, Joe Biden became the first Democrat to win Georgia in a Presidential election since 1992, and two democrats ousted Republican incumbents to win both Senate seats.
Governor Kemp is Georgia’s former secretary of state and Trump opposed him in the primary. Stacy Abrams was the state Speaker of the House and has the backing of the whole Democratic party.
The Cook political report says this race is leaning in Kemp’s favor.
Number three: Wisconsin
Incumbent Democratic Governor Tony Evers flipped this seat in 2018 when he won by a little over a point. President Biden won by less than a point in 2020. That’s why the cook political report calls this race a toss-up.
Evers is being challenged by Tim Michels, a Trump-backed army veteran who owns a O construction company.
Wisconsin has gone back and forth between Republican and Democratic control, but heading into this election, Republicans hold majorities in both the state assembly and senate.
That’s our top three races to watch, for two more check out the article.