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July 15, 2008 3:34 PM

Republican gov group will have deep pockets

Posted by David Postman

Politico is reporting that by election day the Republican Governors Association will have raised - and likely spent - $30 million. That would be a record for the RGA.

RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers told Politico he hopes the money will allow Republicans to pick up a couple of governor’s mansions “in an election cycle when Democrats are expected to surge at the federal level.”

Eleven states are holding governor’s races this year; five of those governorships are now held by Republicans.

Political analyst Charlie Cook rates three as safe seats, and two - Indiana and Missouri - as tossups. Ayers said his organization intends to invest in those contests and use its cash to turn the races for Democrat-held seats in North Carolina and Delaware into tighter contests.

Delaware is rated by Cook as "Likely Democratic" and North Carolina has the longer-shot "Leans Democratic."
Washington is rated a toss up - the only Democratic seat rated that close. But the race doesn’t merit mention in the story. The RGA has said Republican challenger Dino Rossi’s race against Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is a priority for the group.

And there is every reason to believe national party money will flood the state this year. So far the Republican Governors Association has given about $170,000 to the state Republican Party. The Democratic Governors Association has given $210,000 to the state Democratic Party and $250,000 to Evergreen Progress, a new PAC that is getting most of its money from labor unions.

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July 15, 2008 7:43 AM

(Insert Texas pun here)

Posted by David Postman

After I reported yesterday that Dino Rossi was in Houston for a fundraiser, Chris Gregoire’s campaign and the Democratic Party were quick to attack the Republican candidate for traveling to the Lone Star state.

Gregoire’s campaign said:

On a day when Republican Dino Rossi headed to Houston to raise money from George Bush country, his campaign passed around a poll showing a dead heat.

And the party weighed in with:

Memo to Dino Rossi: don’t mess with Texas - unless you’re a Bush Republican in need of some big campaign cash.

But prior to Rossi’s Houston fundraiser last night, Gregoire’s Texas cash dwarfed what Rossi had gotten from there. Public Disclosure Commission records show that Gregoire has raised nearly $28,000 from Texas donors. Rossi's total: $500.

I’m sure - at least I’m sure Rossi hopes - that after last night’s fundraiser with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rossi now leads in Texas fundraising.

By the way, that poll mentioned in the Gregoire release was done by Moore Research in Portland. Blogger Daniel Kirkdorffer asked pollster Bob Moore the question that others didn’t before publicizing the results. He wanted to know specifically what question voters were asked about the governor’s race. Moore told Kirkdorffer in an e-mail the question was:

Looking ahead, if the election for Governor was held today and the candidates were (rotate names) Dino Rossi, prefers GOP party, and Christine Gregoire, prefers Democratic party, for whom would you vote?

I wonder what Rick Perry, chairman of the Prefers GOP Party Governor’s Association, thinks about Rossi’s chosen nomenclature?

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