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09 April 2010

Democratic Governors Association Showing An Interest In Governor's Race?

Could the Democratic Governors Association be showing an interest in Georgia's gubernatorial election this year?

There are signs that this could be the case as the DGA prepares to compete in 37 governor's races across the country this year.

The DGA, flush with $22 million in the bank, announced last month that they will spend more on races in 2010 than they spent in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

"We've trimmed our operating expenses significantly so that we can put more resources where it matters - into the races on the ground - and our burn rate is the lowest it's ever been," said said Nathan Daschle, the DGA's executive director. "We are committed to spending every dollar wisely because the stakes are so high - Republicans are planning to win so many governorships that they can redistrict themselves back to power."

Listed on page ten of the Georgia Democratic Party's March 31st State Ethics Commission campaign finance report is a contribution from the DGA totaling $10,000. In addition to the $10,000 contribution to the state Democratic Party, the DGA also opened up a state political action committee in January of this year.

Couple these two developments with DNC Chairman Tim Kaine saying that Georgia's gubernatorial race is "very appealing" to national Democrats, and one starts to think that maybe the Peach State is on the radar for a possible turn from red to blue this fall.

We'll have to wait and see.

CQ Politics rates the Georgia Governor's race as "leans Republican."