November 30th, 2010
06:07 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Malley to take over as DGA chairman

Washington (CNN) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will be named Wednesday as the incoming head of the Democratic Governors Association, a Democratic source confirms to CNN.

O'Malley, who won re-election earlier this month to a second term by a double digit margin over former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich, is expected to be formally announced as incoming chairman at a meeting of a dozen Democratic governors and governor-elects here in the nation's capitol. A release from the DGA says the governors will discuss "the challenges and opportunities for Democrats, and how we continue to move our nation forward in a fiscally responsible way to create jobs and put Americans back to work."

O'Malley, who's served as DGA vice-chairman the past two years, will succeed Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, the outgoing chairman.

The Democrats controlled 26 governorships heading into the midterm elections. The Republicans won back control of 11 states from Democratic control in the midterms, including such heavyweights as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The Democrats won back control of California and Connecticut, and are ahead in the battle for Minnesota's governorship, where a recount is underway.

Three states, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Mississippi, hold gubernatorial elections in 2011. In Kentucky, Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear is expected to face a challenging re-election, while Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is not expected to face a difficult re-election bid.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is term-limited. Barbour, the outgoing Republican Governors Association Chairman, is credited with raising over $100 million for the RGA, about twice what the DGA brought in this past cycle. Barbour's being succeeded by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Besides the three states holding governors elections next year, 11 other states will be holding elections in 2012.

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