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Lewyn Addresses America

A little politics, a little urbanism- I also blog 100 percent on urbanism at https://www.planetizen.com/user/63 and http://www.cnu.org/blog/194

After a couple of discussions on Facebook- I got curious about something: which GOP governors were the best vote-getters? Rather than looking at their total vote share, I decided to control for partisanship by measuring the difference between their 2014 vote and the Romney ’12 vote. (I could’ve also tried the R Congressional vote share, but that requires a lot more work, and doesn’t really add anything in small states with just a few Congresspeople)

For example, the champion was Brian Sandoval of Neveda, who got 70% in a state where Romney got 45% – so his improvement over Romney was +25. – a gap that screams “Presidential candidate” to me. Below are the full returns:


1. Sandoval (Nv) +25
2. Kasich (Oh) +16
3. Hogan (Md) +15
4. Martinez (New Mexico) +14
5. Daugaard (SD) +13
6. Branstad (Iowa) +13
7. Baker (Ma) +11
8. Haslan (Tn) +10.9 (I dug a little deeper to break a tie)
9. Rauner (Ill) +10
10. LePage (Maine) + 7
11. Walker (Wisconsin) + 6.4
12. Snyder (Michigan) +6.3
13. Bentley (Al) +3                                                                                                                                                                
14.  Abbott (Tx) +2.2                                                                                                                                                             15. Haley (SC) +1.5                                                                                                                                                                 16. Ducey (Az)- matched Romney vote

17. Deal (Ga) -0.5
18 Scott (Fla) -0.9
19. Ricketts (Nv) -2
20. Hutchinson (Ark) -5
21. Mead (Wyoming) -6
22. Brownback (Kansas) -9
23. Fallin (Okla) -10.9
24. Otter (Idaho) -11

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