State of the States 2010 Report

This year is a "mega‰-election year" at the state level -- including thirty seven gubernatorial races (the most since 2000). The significance of this cycle is compounded by the fact that, given the number of term‰-limited and retiring governors, over half (nineteen) of the races are for open seats. Education makes up a significant portion of state budgets and as such, will will emerge as an important and high profile issue during the 2010 cycle as candidates lay out a vision for education reform and struggle with potential funding cuts. This report contains a state‰-by‰-state analysis of the 37 governors‰' races, along with information on the education governance within each state. Each state analysis includes information on the current governor, including term limits where applicable and the year that thecurrent governor was
elected. A comprehensive list of current primary candidates, pending filing deadlines, and primary dates are also provided as is recent polling data.