… Many of the most prominent Republican governors came into office as part of the backlash against Obama’s first years in office. They were beneficiaries of a strong Republican tide in 2009 and 2010 and of an electorate that was decidedly different than those typical of presidential election years.
As they prepare for reelection, those with national aspirations will be measured by different standards: Are they capable of attracting a broad-based coalition big enough to win over voters in purple and blue states in a presidential election. [cont.]
Dan Balz, Washington Post