Magazine November 29, 2010, Issue

Four Governors

Then Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich (R., Ohio) speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Zanesville, Ohio, August 4, 2010. (Matt Sullivan/Reuters)
Keep your eye on these rising GOP stars

The 50 states may be “laboratories of democracy,” but sometimes their experiments go awry. Many of America’s newly elected governors will be inheriting severe budget deficits that demand root-canal fiscal adjustments. In several purple or blue states — including Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Maine — Republicans picked up the governor’s mansion and also gained full control of the legislature. The relative success or failure of the GOP governors in those states could have national implications. Here are four to watch.

Rick Snyder (Michigan). The 2000s were a lost decade for Michigan, a state that has become synonymous with Rust Belt decline.

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