LAMBRO: A likely resurgence of the GOP – Washington Times


LAMBRO: A likely resurgence of the GOP – Washington Times

Hardly a week goes by that we don’t read about the Republican Party’s “political problems” in the news media, which insist the GOP has become widely unpopular with voters.

Democrats, on the other hand, are portrayed as a unified party, with rarely a disagreement among them, and the dominant political force in the country by virtue of their victory in the 2012 presidential election, and slight gains in the House and Senate.

A closer examination of the political lay of the land reveals a far different story of the GOP’s growing strength in recent state elections, its much broader structural base in our political system, and the growing expectation they will make House and Senate gains in the midterm elections in 2014.

It hardly merits a peep in the Washington news media, but the Republicans control a large majority of the nation’s governorships, including many Democratic-leaning states. The GOP holds 30 of the 50 governorships, winning 23 out of the 37 gubernatorial elections in 2010, the year the Republicans crushed the Democrats in a wave that was seen as a nationwide repudiation of President Obama and his party’s big-government, big-spending policies.

Twenty of these GOP governors are up for re-election next year. Many are in heavily Democratic states that are politically pivotal presidential battlegrounds in the upper Midwest, which could shape the political climate for the 2016 race for the White House.

These GOP executives have proven to be far more successful than the Democrats anticipated, turning around their economies, cutting budgets, eliminating deficits and getting higher job-approval polls to boot.

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