Down Ballot

In preparation for the 2014 election year, I’ve been writing weekly columns for TPMCafe summarizing what we know–or ought to know–about the lay of the land. This week’s installment focuses on state elections, and the unfortunate fact that a lot of incumbent GOP governors and legislators will be protected from accountability for their misdeeds by the turnout patterns and straight-ticket voting of a non-presidential year.

It finally occurred to me while writing this column that the GOP turnout advantage in non-presidential years, if it persists, will also mean a GOP advantage in state governments overall, since the bulk of gubernatorial (and a majority of state legislative) elections occur in midterm or offyear elections.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.