McDonnell’s early record at RGA: An unsurprising draw

Gov. Bob McDonnell had a little more than just Virginia’s elections on his mind Tuesday.


Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files)

Of the four races this year, two were won by Republicans (Louisiana and Mississippi) and two by Democrats (Kentucky and West Virginia.). Three of the winners are incumbents, and the fourth in Mississippi succeeded a governor of his own party.

Not terribly surprising and a draw of sorts between McDonnell and his friend and neighbor to the north — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who heads the Democratic Governors Association.

In Mississippi, the election of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant helped Republicans pick up control of the state House for the first time since Reconstruction.

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) won nearly two-thirds of the vote, enough to bypass a runoff election this month. In Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear (D) defeated Senate President David Williams (R).

West Virginia’s acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) narrowly defeated Republican challenger Bill Maloney last month, though he came close to winning in the blue state.

McDonnell was named chairman in August after its former leader — Texas Gov. Rick Perry — entered the presidential race.O’Malley ascended to the helm of the DGA in December, a month after his party experienced a net loss of five governorships. He is expected to be elected to serve a second term next month.

Republicans control the governors’ mansions in 29 states. Eleven races will be held next year.

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