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Dems and the Governor's Races in 2006

Chirs Bowers at MyDD points to recent polls showing key opportunity for Democrats in 06 to win in seven key governors races -- Ohio, California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida and Georgia --and explains why this is such a strategic opportunity. Excerpts below:

"All seven of these states are ripe. Here is how sweet a sweep of these seven would be:

* Right now, these are the seven largest states with Republican Governors, and combine for over 40% of the national population. Victory across the board would push Democrats in control of states worth around 400 electoral votes, rendering Republicans a small minority party when it comes to Governors.

* It would severely dent Republican Presidential aspirations for multiple cycles. Not only would this severely thin out the Republican bench, but longshot candidates for 2008 like Bush, Romney and Pataki would be immediately finished. At the same time, it would significantly increase the size of our future bench.

* Republican gerrymanders in Georgia, Ohio, Florida and Texas would be threatened, if not entirely done away with, come 2010.

* Control of elections in uber-swing states Florida and Ohio would no longer be in Republican hands.

The weakness of Republican Governors in large states presents Democrats with an opportunity to thoroughly reshape the American political landscape. We have waited some time for the Emerging Democratic majority to emerge, and these seven states represent our best chance to make it happen. This is our prize. This is our chance. We have to make it happen."
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