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

Former governors making comebacks

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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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Filed under: 2010 • Jerry Brown • Terry Branstad
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Obozo's Record Deficit + Higher Taxes

    If TAXMAN Jerry Brown wins, you can kiss CA goodbye. What few remaining businesses in CA will leave, and NO ONE, I mean NO ONE will come here to create new businesses and jobs.

    Jerry, Union Lover, let's just pay more TAXES Brown is a complete idiot, and the state of CA is still trying to dig itself out of unsustainable financial policies that were put into place this last time this dork was in office.

    June 9, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Go Jerry! I can personally vouch for Gov. Brown – listened to him in a closed-door speech 20 years ago. His message rings true and he legitimately is a public servant that fights for the working class. Whereas Meg Whitman only cares about Goldman Sachs and her billionaire elitist pals.

    June 9, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. D.

    Because we are disillusioned with young, know-all, different, change-promising politicians who promise but do not/ cannot deliver, we go for old experienced guys now!

    June 9, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Tom CA

    Go Jerry! Show Whitman that money is not enough to own our state. Anyone supported by Cheney is not welcome here!

    June 9, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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