36 of 50 state governorships will be up for contention during the 2018 midterms. Many of these seats were previously held by GOP governors and can potentially be flipped to Democratic candidates.
Why the governorships matter
1) They represent a major opportunity to reverse the tremendous state-level damage done to Democrats in 2010. In 2018, for the first time, a number of GOP governors who were swept into power amid the 2010 Tea Party wave will be term-limited out - e.g. * Rick Scott in Florida * Paul LePage in Maine * Rick Snyder in Michigan * John Kasich in Ohio.
THe GOP will be defending 14 open seats in 2018.
2) Winning back gubernatorial seats could impact redistricting of the House in the next decade.
3) These races give Dems a chance to turn things around in swing states and “blue wall” states that Trump won.
4) Winning back states could have a big influence on policy. Winning ground on the state level may represent their best — and only — chance to have an influence over policymaking over the next four years.
We will be focusing on sending resources to Democractic challenges in red states foremost, and concentrating on defending incumbent states secondary.