There are a lot of governor races coming up next year and Republicans are in a position to win many of them. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (pictured above) may be replaced by a Republican.
This is important to national politics because governors set policy for states and often go on to become presidential candidates.
The political forecaster known as the Cook Report is shifting eight races to the GOP.
Breitbart News reports:
Report: Wisconsin, Michigan Among Eight Governor Races Shifting Toward Republicans
Republicans are seeing improved prospects in eight states’ gubernatorial contests next year, according to the Cook Political Report.
The nonpartisan outlet, which analyzes elections and is often used as a resource among campaigns, updated its ratings for 11 gubernatorial races this week and moved eight in a favorable direction for Republicans, while shifting three toward Democrats.
The eight states include the Great Lakes battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan, currently led by Democrat Govs. Tony Evers and Gretchen Whitmer, respectively, along with Nevada, Maine, New Mexico, South Carolina, Oregon, and Iowa.
Most notably, Cook moved Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada all from “lean Democrat” to “toss up.”
Wisconsin has long been considered a swing state, where the presidential race results have come within one point during the past two elections and where Evers just barely beat out former Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, in 2018.
Since taking over the governor’s seat, however, Evers’ term has not been without turmoil. The Wisconsin Democrat faced waves of criticism in 2020 both for stringent coronavirus policies and for focusing more on race relations and less on maintaining law and order after deadly riots broke out in Kenosha following a police officer shooting Jacob Blake.
See the chart in the tweet below:
We shifted a total of 11 Governors races this week @CookPolitical — 8 toward Rs, 3 toward Ds.
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) December 3, 2021
This is going to have a huge impact going forward. If you are wondering why, just imagine what Florida would look like today if Ron DeSantis had not won in 2018.