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The Job of Governor
The job of governor

Thirty-seven gubernatorial seats were on the line in the election of 2010. Six incumbent governors, who were eligible to serve again, had bowed out—either because they didn't think they could win or because they had already been in public office for quite a while. However, there was no lack of candidates for the available positions, including a number of sitting governors who were running for second terms.

None of these men and women had been dissuaded by the difficulty of the job, particularly with the nation and the states experiencing hard economic times. All but four states anticipated lower-than-projected revenues for the fiscal year, forty states had made midyear budget cuts, and overall state spending had been reduced by ...

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