Lieutenant Governors and the Governorship, 1984-2009

Table 1. Lieutenant Governors Who Became Governor Notes: Italics in the years of LG service indicate a gap between the end of Lt. Governor and Governor service * Arizona, Oregon and Wyoming have no Lt. Governor; the Secretary of State is next-in-line to succeed the governor ** After becoming Governor...

“Questioning the Constitution” Documentary Wins International Award of Excellence

International Academy of the Visual Arts Honors Center for Politics and Community Ideas Station Produced Film

"Questioning the Constitution," a 2008 documentary produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Community Ideas Stations, has received the Award of Excellence, given annually by the International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA). The Award of Excellence is the IAVA's highest distinction. The organization receives more than...

New Jersey Governor Showdown

Before we dive into New Jersey's surprisingly intriguing 2009 race for governor, let us premise everything that follows on the fact that any Republican running in New Jersey enters the batter's box with two strikes, two outs, nobody on, and down two runs. Let us not kid ourselves, here. That...

High Interest Election, Media Boon

An Excerpt from The Year of Obama

Editor's Note: This piece is an excerpt from the new book, edited by Larry Sabato, The Year of Obama: How Barack Obama Won the White House. The American public was more interested in the 2008 campaign than in any other in over twenty years, and attention to news reached new...

Independent Voters and the President: Myths and Realities

The importance of partisanship in contemporary American politics is widely recognized. Among the public as well as political leaders, party divisions run deep and it is increasingly clear that the arrival of a new President in Washington has done little to change that fundamental reality. Not only are Democrats and...

OBAMA AND THE REDEFINITION OF PRESIDENTIAL COATTAILS

Barack Obama showed considerable vote-getting ability in last fall's presidential election, with a clear-cut win in both popular and electoral votes. But when it came to presidential coattails, his were of the same modest length of many of his immediate predecessors. A tally of the 2008 presidential vote by congressional...

The GOP in New York: Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?

The first special congressional election of the Obama administration took place March 31 in a Republican corner of Democratic New York. But the race in the Hudson River Valley for the seat of newly minted Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand produced no immediate winner. It remains undecided and will be settled...

Rudy W. Giuliani

Republican Nominee

Can America's Mayor become America's Chief Executive? Supporters of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani sure hope so. Giuliani's strategy has centered around projecting an image of strong leadership, drawing on his experience in the aftermath of 9/11, especially on matters of national security and the war on terror....

Tommy Tancredo

Republican Nominee

Tommy Tancredo had decided to put all his eggs in one basket, concentrating solely on his presidential campaign and announcing he will retire from the House of Representative at the end of this term. Concentrating on one thing at a time seems to be a thing with this Colorado Representative,...

Bill Richardson

Democratic Nominee

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson could very well represent the changing face of American politics. Hispanics and Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, and both the Democrats and the Republicans will be well served to begin attracting more candidates from these burgeoning populations. Political analysts...

Mitt Romney

Republican Nominee

How many more presidential candidates will Massachusetts produce? Mitt Romney is the latest to come from the state that gave us all three Kennedys, Michael Dukakis, and, most recently, John Kerry. The biggest difference? Romney is vying for the Republican nomination, even though he hails from this traditional liberal bastion....

Barack Obama

Democratic Nominee

Ever since his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention, many have viewed Illinois Senator Barack Obama as the next big thing in the Democratic Party. Even though he is only halfway through his first term as a Senator, Obama is being touted as a charismatic fresh face with a...