June 9th, 2010
11:17 AM ET
4 years ago

Former governors making comebacks

 Jerry Brown is one of several governors who made a comeback in the 2010 primary elections.
Jerry Brown is one of several governors who made a comeback in the 2010 primary elections.

Washington (CNN) - Add Jerry Brown and Terry Branstad to the list of former governors coming a step closer to winning their old jobs back.

Branstad captured Iowa's GOP gubernatorial nomination Tuesday, winning just over 50 percent of the vote in a three candidate field. Branstad previously served four terms as governor, from 1983 to 1999. He now faces off in the general election against Democratic incumbent Gov. Chet Culver, who's battling for a second term in office. Recent polls indicated Branstad leading Culver in November matchups.

Jerry Brown is also a step closer to his goal of returning to the governor's office in Sacramento. California's attorney general, and two-term California governor from 1975 to 1983, easily won Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary over six minor candidates.


Last month, former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, won his party's gubernatorial nomination. Next month former one-term Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes faces off for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Barnes won the office in 1998, but was defeated in his 2002 re-election bid by Republican Sonny Purdue, who is now term limited. Maryland holds its primary in September, but former Gov. Robert Ehrlich is considered the presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee. Ehlrich will face off against incumbent

Gov. Martin O'Malley, who defeated Ehrlich in his 2006 bid for re-election for a second term.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. t22

    If California elects Jerry Brown again, they deserve whatever calamity will come their way. Isn't it about time to get someone who isn't a career politician or a B-movie actor in there?

    June 9, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Alban

    Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown. Messed up the State of California once already, couldn't fix Oakland so now he is going to try and mess up California once again..."I DON'T THINK SO". The people of California aren't that stupid..are they?

    June 9, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. RCasson

    I live in CA and I have a message for Meg Whitman: My vote is not for sale and neither is Jerry Brown. You can't buy me lady.

    June 9, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. DIANA

    I'm definately giving to Brown's campaign and supporting him all the way. I was hoping the GOP would elect Whitman. He's going to wipe the floor with her and show her you can't buy your way into the governors mansion. Us Californian's won't put up with that. GO BROWN!

    June 9, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Phil in KC

    Please – not Terry Branflake again! With the economy in its current state, it will probably be enough to deny Culver the election – and that's very unfortunate.

    June 9, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Chad from Tampa

    No way the voters of California will elect a career politician given the economic failures of that state.

    June 9, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Let's hope that Meg Whitman's millions are not the determing factor here in California. Money can't buy happiness and it does not convert into political knowledge as Arnold found out.
    The same will hold true in our Senate race. Carly Fiorina may have money, but what qualifies her to be our Senator?
    Repulbicans have used actors in the past and i guess now they figure big business money is the next tool.

    June 9, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Don't Be Fooled

    Former Governor Jerry Brown has been outspent by MEG WHITMAN by 200:1 so far.

    The story in California isn't about a surge of popularity among women by the electorate. Rather it is that two women, made rich by corporate life are attempting to BUY THEMSELVES a political office to legitimize their lives. We even see this in Connecticut with Linda McMahon.

    How corroupt is our government if someone would spend MILLIONS of $ of THEIR OWN MONEY to win a trophy job. You gotta believe all these business people think they will get this back and then some through shady, backroom deals.

    For Sale on Ebay ... Governorship of California ... Price $80 MILLION ... Bidders Thus Far ... ZERO

    June 9, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. EBC

    Anyone who VOTES for these clowns deserve everything they get.

    Like my momma always would say.... "if you don't learn from your past mistakes, shame on you. You have no one to blame but yourself".

    WHY would anyone vote Jerry Brown and Branstad back into political leadership is just plain INSANE!!

    June 9, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. $50

    Branstad was a good Governor his first time around. We really need to remove Rep. Steve King from office, he's a complete fool!

    June 9, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. PalmReader

    Only a republican would vote for a woman who hasn't taken the time to vote in a primary election in what amounts to 28 years . . . yet wants to now become California's head honcho.

    Looks as if Jerry Brown will be the next governor of California.

    June 9, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Enough

    Please..the last thing we need here in California is another term with Gov Moon Beam...........enough with the career politicians who have NO solutions other than tax and spend. Business people understand the needs of businesses and know how budgets work.........I'd rather take my chances with Whitman than go with a known Liberal tax and spender.

    June 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Dave Wyman

    While I fear that Meg Whitman may win the governorship in California, I'm pulling for Brown. He has enormous experience in government, and he's been a visionary much of his life.

    While if anything, he's too far to the right for me, I find it impossible to support the Republican nominee, who thinks laying off 40,000 state employees and cutting business taxes will save the state money, and who saw nothing wrong with the deregulation of the banking and investment industries. The consequences of implementing the conservative philosophy in California have bankrupted the once Golden State, and the nation.

    June 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. nenecats Houston

    Love Jerry Brown. He would be excellent for California. Wish he
    was from Texas. Would love for him to be govenor of Texas.

    June 9, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. kathy

    Brainsdead ruined the state of Iowa and now he wants to do it again...NO THANKS!!!!

    June 9, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Demps

    My battle cry:

    "Since the INcumbents have become the REcumbents, it is our responsibility to make them the EXcumbents."

    Join the new voter block, the "Anti-Incumbent Group"– A.I.G. (pun intended)

    June 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    The folks in CA. will be big a loser if they hired Moon Bat Jerry Brown again

    June 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. too funny

    Jerry Brown?

    better than the GOP choice but still comical

    but he could be just what California needs

    June 9, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    Will he be driving his VW bus with the flowers painted on it and singing Blue Bijou?

    June 9, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Jerry's the man!!!

    June 9, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. SocialismBad

    The fact is that it doesn't matter one bit who is Governor of the doomed state of California. As long as the idiots in that state keep electing DemocRATS to the state legislature to spend the state into oblivion and coddle illegal aliens flooding into the state, THEY ARE DOOMED TO FAIL

    This is what happens when you legalize marijuana! You think the laws of finance don't apply to you!!!

    WAKE UP AND SMELL REALITY CALIFORNIA!

    June 9, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Peace

    Jerry Brown will recapture his work again. I do not know the woman (Meg Whitman), who has poured money like sand will do! or is she sure she will get her money back? It was quite a good number of dollar!

    June 9, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Gotta say I will be shocked, if Calif. returns Jerry Brown to the governor's office, after his fiscal disaster, when he held the office, previously.

    June 9, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. chris24

    Good luck, Jerry.

    Meg Whitman is trying to buy the office.
    Her and Fiorina should take there money
    and run (or not)

    June 9, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. get real

    Don't call it a comback. I've been here for years. I'm gonna knock you out. Mama said knock you out!

    June 9, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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