The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 4th, 2014
Of the 36 gubernatorial elections being decided on Tuesday, three have special resonance for people in higher education.
In each case, a Republican governor took a hard line on higher-ed
spending; in each case, that governor now finds himself in electoral
Two high-profile incumbents, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida and Gov.
Scott Walker of Wisconsin, are fighting for re-election in races that
are considered tossups. And then there’s one race that is not close: In
Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett is considered a likely loser on Election
Those three were among the wave of new Republican state lawmakers and executives who swept into office
in the 2010 elections, giving the GOP control of a majority of the
nation’s governors’ mansions and legislative chambers. Their election
followed the recession, as state governments struggled with shrinking