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Governor Elections May Be The Most Important To Win For Any Party

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    In midterm elections, we seem to mostly place our focus on the house and the senate. A person in Texas may not care who wins the governor's seat in Ohio, but maybe they would if they were reminded about redistricting and the power of a governor's veto.

    Midterm elections such as this one are the most important, because the state politicians elected this year, will be in office in 2021, which is when the next round of redistricting begins, and neither party will get a chance to lock these pivotal offices in after the elections.

    For instance, this year, if the Democrats win key governor elections, as well as state seats, they could undo all of the work the Republicans put in to give themselves the advantage in the House of Representatives. Democrats could roll back Republican gerrymandering in major states such as Ohio, and Michigan. Here's a good example just from this year how pivotal it is for a party to win a governors election. A good quote from a vox editorial I read:

    "So, even if faced with one or two Republican state legislature chamber majorities, a Democratic governor’s veto could either force a bipartisan compromise or create gridlock and throw the matter to the courts. Either would likely be a dramatic improvement over the Republican-only maps crafted last time."

    It goes without saying, that winning a governor's seat is huge for a party. It could tip the scale in what party has the majority in the House of Representatives, as well as who ends up in the oval office. What states do you think it matters the most in, election after election? Are there states where you think it doesn't?

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    Sad to think the most pressing thing that can be said about the governor elections is that it's important for redistricting purposes. That is actually quite depressing if you think about it.

    The Governor is by and large one of if not consistently the most powerful political figure in each state. Like having 50 state wide presidents. I know, I know, it's not exactly that. But sorta...

    They have so much power in their states. And can seriously tip the scales on all kinds of legislation, from how police treat the citizenry, to education, entitlement distribution, taxes, healthcare.. everything really. How unfortunate is it that you are likely right to say that who is behind the desk come redistrict drawing time has a massive advantage, and how important it is for each party... I hope voters aren't paying attention mainly to just that. But if they are, much as it pains me (as it feels like a massive democracy failure), I understand.

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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    I hope voters aren't paying attention mainly to just that. But if they are, much as it pains me (as it feels like a massive democracy failure), I understand.

    Isn't that a scary thought? If they are informed, then they'll know how important this gov election will be for the states, as well as the outcome of the next big election. I can just hear it in speeches in local town halls, "Redistricting is coming soon, this is our last chance to lock it in, people."
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    Florida is one of the most important governor races I think. Right now it's very close: DeSantis (R) 49.7%, Gillum (D) 49.1% with 72% reporting. Gillum wants to end ICE and expand Medicaid to all, if possible. Where DeSantis is a major Trump advocate, and basically wants to do the exact opposite.

    We all know how important Florida is as well in presidential elections. And if Republicans can get control at the governor and congress level, it seems Florida could be a red state in 2020. Conversely, Florida hasn't had a Democratic governor since 1994. So electing Gillum would be a big statement in the other direction.