Double Whammy: Democrats Are In a Position To Beat Both Rick Scott and Rick Snyder

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Two new polls reveal that Democrats are in a position to beat both Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, and Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan.

In Florida, the PPP poll found that Democrat and former governor, Charlie Crist led Gov. Rick Scott 42%-39% with 8% for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie. Rick Scott remains wildly unpopular. The Republican governor’s net approval rating remains a net (-9) 40%-49%. The problem for Crist is that the barrage of negative advertising that Scott unleashed dropped his approval rating to a net (-6) 40%-46%. This development has allowed Libertarian Wyllie to pull support from both the Democratic and the Republican candidates. Without the Libertarian in the poll, Crist still leads 44%-41%. Crist is being helped by the popularity of two big Democratic issues. Florida voters overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage to $10/hour (63%-29%), and expanding Medicaid (61%-27%).

The story in Michigan is that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is in a statistical tie with Democrat Mark Schauer 43%-42%. Snyder remains unpopular with voters. The governor’s net approval rating is (-8) 43%-51%. In contrast, Schauer’s approval rating a net (+2) 35%-33%. Gov. Snyder remains haunted by his right to work law. By a margin of 48%-36%, voters said that they would repeal the right to work law if it was on the ballot. They also strong oppose Snyder’s increase in pension taxes 74%-17%. The only issue that is helping Snyder is his decision to expand Medicaid. Voters support the expanded Medicaid program (50%-26%).

What both of these polls reveal is that Democrats are in a position to retake the governorships in two blue states. Snyder is stuck in a tie with a Democrat who has been largely unknown while Crist and Scott are locked in a contest that Scott is trying to win an $80 million barrage of negative ads against Crist. The good news for Crist is that the tidal wave of negative ads has made the race closer, but Scott has not been able to take the lead.

In Michigan, Rick Snyder is in danger of defeat. The Michigan race hasn’t moved in months. Snyder is struggling against a Democratic candidate that has been largely unknown to voters throughout the campaign. The Michigan contest is turning into a referendum on Snyder, which is bad news for the Republican Party.

National attention is focused on the battle for control of the Senate, but Democrats are poised to knock off Republican governors across the country. Republican governors could be facing defeat in Maine, Kansas, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The Republican gubernatorial wave of 2010 could be reversed in 2014.

30 Replies to “Double Whammy: Democrats Are In a Position To Beat Both Rick Scott and Rick Snyder”

  1. I’m not surprised. I’ve been saying for months that Michigan was going to give the fascists Synder the boot and that crook Scott the boot as well.

    There is not going to be a Republican wave. The Democrats wilo pick up Gubernatorial seats in Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, deep red Kansas, Georgia, and Maine will come to its senses and give LePage the boot.

    Other red states where Democrats may win are NM and OK. TX and WI leave me nervous. I hope Walker is indicted just before midterms. If Wisconsin voters re-elect him, they deserve whatever he dishes out.

    I am headed to Asia to be reunited with my husband, whose been there on business, but I will return stateside to do more voter registration and to GOTV. We have this.

    The GOP are not going to do as well as the polls say. This midterm is different. Yoy can smell it in the air.

  2. One sure fire way to see that these Republicans are knocked off from the State Houses, the US Senate, and the House of Congress is to vote a straight BLUE ballot. Getting rid of the Republican governors is fine with me, but I want them out of every nook and corner where they can do no more damage to this country and the working class families who have had to struggle under the “leadership”since they took office. It’s time to throw all the Republican bums out, and move our country forward in a more progressive manner. Grrr!!

  3. Interesting fantasy world you’re living in. I live in Florida and Florida already has a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum. I haven’t heard a word from anyone living here about raising the minimum wage in Florida. It’s not an issue. Raising medicaid is an issue with those who haven’t been covered by Obamacare, but then again, what percent of them are actual voters?

  4. To borrow a phrase from PBO– a perfect
    campaign slogan for DEM candidates across the counrty should be “Don’t Boo, Vote Blue.”

  5. I live in Florida as well and the low wages here are a fact of life. Crist and most Floridians agree the minimum wage needs to be increased as well as medicaid expansion. But it goes further than that. Right to work states like FL do not want unions. This needs to change. The poverty here has worsened under GOP leadership. With voting scandals and gerrymandered voting districts it is no wonder the people are not properly represented. This all changes in Novemember when Rick Scott and Pam Bondi are rejected and thrown out.

  6. The minumum wage in Florida is $7.93 an hour. So you are saying that the citizens of Florida a content with that wage? .63 cents higher.? Please!!!!

  7. Rick Snyder has been so bad for Michigan! Snyder has been for Michigan!! He cut funding for schools and gave tax breaks to the big corporations, signed the “right to work law”, is for big corporations and big oil, he is anti-unions and the list goes on. He was bought into office by the Koch’s. He was once a CEO for Gateway and outsourced jobs!

  8. Even after Schauer replaces Snyder and Crist replaces Scott, you still have to vote the Republicans at the state level. Terry McAuliffe is having a difficult time of it because the Repubs control both houses.

    Same with Brownback in Kansas. The voters in those states should vote these politicians out of office and elect Democratic reps to get any work done.

  9. I also live in florida. And believe me the negative ads Scott is putting out are outright lies. He is blaming Crist for the loss of jobs that occurred in 2008 – 2011, claiming that Crist was responsible for losing over 890,000 jobs. That was right in the middle of the recession. EVERY state lost jobs, not just Florida. But it was all on Crist.

    Scott refused to expand the Medicaid. It has been proven that when other states accepted the expansion under Obamacare their insurance premiums went down and are continuing that trend. Yet premiums in Florida have stayed the same, in fact have gone up.

    Apparently Scott can’t run on his own record of achievement so all he can do is sling a bunch of mud and hope some sticks to Crist.

    SMDH.

  10. Rick Scott is an out front criminal prick. I think he’ll lose. But Snyder is sneaky. His union busting should do him in. But polls are close. Why are people willing to forgive? Or did they forget he stabbed MI workers in the back? It was a violent, tumultuous time. The benevolent overlord might get away with it.

    I still think mongoloid, cross-eyed Scott Walker is the worst. How many scandals can the Koch puppet survive? I hope we flip some R govs. They’re so dirty it shouldn’t be close.

  11. Snyder threw MI constituents a bone by expanding Medicaid. It’s not out the goodness of his heart. He did it to win in Nov. It’s something every state should do without question. So whoop de do. If we wins based on Medicaid people in MI have short memories & are easily manipulated.

  12. Let’s not forget that Corbett is toast in PA. His poll numbers are in the sewer. His last ditch effort to improve his poll numbers was to finally accept the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, but I believe it was too little, too late. He and his RW buddies in the PA state legislature are forgetting about all of the ways they’ve abused their powers of office since 2010. Here in GA, Carter is giving Deal a run for his money, so much so that Deal is trying to say that GA having the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the nation is no biggie. Plus, people are paying closer attention to his ethics problems and his refusal to make Copart pay the $74 Million in back taxes it owes to the state. If dems vote here in November, I think Deal will be O-U-T in January 2015. Even some republicans are sick of him. He can’t understand why dems are out-raising him, so he decided to strong arm state lawmakers to help finance his campaign. Deal doesn’t deserve a 2nd term as governor.

  13. I live in Michigan. The worst part of Gov Synder is who came to Lansing with him. Synder never was in politics. He was politically naive. The RWNJ repubs in Lansing have led him around by his balls. I am hoping that we not only get rid of Synder, but also some of the rabid RWNJs in Lansing. They were the ones who said you can’t say the word vagina.

  14. @Wing: I also live in Florida. People want the minimum wage increased! Where have you been? Do you think that all the people working at Walmart, Mc’Donalds, Dunkin Donuts..etc wants to continue working for less than $10 per hour? YOU are the one living in a fantasy world. The circles that you’re running in may have no complaints but with most poor people here in this state, it’s not the case. Scott is toxic and he definitely has to go! He is a crook just looking out for his rich cronies. I will make sure that my community vote for Charlie Crist.

  15. And that makes you proud of your gov and state, how? Repubs suck. They have moved from being the loyal opposition to we on the other side are their enemies. WTF???????

  16. Exactly why we here in Michigan want to get rid of Gov Synder. All along when he was asked about right to work legislation he said it wasn’t on his agenda. But when the RWNJs in Lansing presented him with the right to work less bill he quickly signed it. Then he goes and taxes senior pensions while giving a big business tax breaks. Schauer (pronounced Shower) said he would repeal the Right to Work (less) Law if he wins. Synder has a very whiny voice, but his new ads have him talking much deeper. Very weird to watch.

  17. As for Florida:
    Vote Adrian Wyllie for Governor! Also, Bill Wohlsifer for Attorney General and yes on 2.
    Why vote between 2 known liars? Florida, we are fortunate enough not to
    be stuck picking one liar or the other this time. We actually have an
    alternative. Take advantage of the opportunity. Adrian Wyllie deserves
    my vote. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned
    and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your
    face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we
    complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round,
    election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a
    stand Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are
    only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians.
    Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of
    the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours
    and yours alone, if you want t…

  18. Agree. We can vote straight ticket here in Michigan. Hopefully we can defeat some of the RWNJs in Lansing so as to delute their power.

  19. I think the voters most angry with Gov Synder won’t even benefit from Medicaid expansion. Synder has hurt a lot of folks and our roads are horrible. The repub way is to not fix anything. Think about it. Much of our infrastructure was done during the Great Depression. That is how FDR put folks back to work. We all know that current repubs don’t want folks to work or anything else good to happen. Why? They are hoping that folks will blame PBO and the Dems. Well those that do weren’t going to vote Dem anyway. Oh the frustration with our country!

  20. Hello? Please do some checking on third parties. We aren’t set up for them. It is true you just waste your vote. Millions of women see very clearly the difference between repubs and Dems. Why don’t you?

  21. You certainly do not speak for this multi-generational Floridian. And we do vote, and now have coverage for pre-existing and life threatening conditions. No thanks to aholes like you.

  22. And he is taking over cities like Detroit. I can’t believe this can actually be done. When he does this, he gets rid of all the elected officials. How is that possible in the USA?
    Rick Scott fraud-ed Medicare by the largest amount ever. Why is he not in jail?

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