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July 23, 2010

Democratic National Governors Association...We're Not Dead Yet

Oh yes you are.

As Dan McLaughlin (aka Baseballcrank) points out, this isn't the kind of thing winners put out in July....

(Belated content warning for some PG-13 cursing. Might be frowned upon at work)

The Cook Political Report has the map of what spots are open and how they are shaking out at the moment.

The Washington Post also has a breakdown of some of the most competitive races.

The Democratic Governors Association raised record money in the second quarter of this year only to be trounced by their Republican counterparts.

The most obvious disparity between the Republican and Democratic associations right now is their fundraising. From April through June, the DGA broke its record by raising $9 million -- but the RGA collected $19 million.

And why are Governorships so important? Redistricting is coming following this year's census.

One of the first areas where the changes in the governors' mansions could be felt will be in the redistricting wars that will break out next year. Ayers said redistricting presents a 15- to 26-House-seat opportunity depending on who controls the redistricting machinery in the states. That alone could offset whatever happens in House races this November.

But the implications go beyond that. Reapportionment and redistricting will affect the shape of the House through much of the coming decade. If Republicans take over the House and control enough governorships in key states next year, they could use the redistricting process to virtually lock in a majority that could last for several election cycles.

A second area where the outcomes will be felt is on the presidential race for 2012. Republicans are determined to create as many obstacles as possible to Obama's expected re-election bid, and that begins with capturing as many governor's races as possible.

Speaking of Republican Governors...Chris Christie is going national this weekend.

@jaketapper Looking forward to doing my first Sunday show with you on #ThisWeek

Insert your own Jake and The Fatman jokes here.

Added: As rallying the troops messages goes, the DGA stringing a bunch of old movie clips together is pretty weak tea and as one of Dan's Twitter followers notes probably not legal. Studios would have shut a Republican version down by now.

My movie interpretation of the Democrats at the state and federal level this November. Another mild-content warning for PG-13 cursing at the end.

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