Electing America's Governors: The Politics of Executive Elections

Author
Thad Kousser
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
123
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2008
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Governors occupy a peculiar and precarious position in American politics, David Leal's comprehensive new book on gubernatorial elections demonstrates. They are embedded in the national party system, and are often punished in open-seat elections if they are from the same party as the president. Yet they have some freedom to shape the local meaning of party labels, or even to run strongly as minor-party or independent candidates. While governors of states large and small are often mentioned as possible presidential contenders, they are twice as likely to be defeated in reelection contests as U.S. senators.
Political Geography
United States