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The Democratic Party’s First Step to Regaining Power is Off to a Rocky Start

New polling shows that Americans overwhelmingly favor Republican governors over Democrats.

While the Democratic Party is focused on the upcoming slate of special House elections to judge whether they can rebound from a string of election losses in 2016, insiders should be more concerned about a new Morning Consult poll regarding the favorability of governors across America.

Following the 2016 election, Politico reported that “numerous Democrats noted that electing governors in 2018 is the first concrete step the party can take toward having a bigger say in the next decennial redistricting process, after the 2020 census.”

Well, that first step isn’t looking all that great at the moment.

A new Morning Consult poll released Tuesday found that the ten governors with the highest approval ratings in America are all Republicans. What’s even worse for Democrats is that four of those ten governors are in states that Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

The poll released on Tuesday surveyed more than 85,000 Americans from January 2017 through March 2017 to determine the latest rankings.

The report found that the two most popular governors in America are Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland. Both are from traditionally blue states, and both have a favorability rating north of 70 percent.

Politico reported in November that the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) will be targeting these two states, as well as Illinois, in 2018, though this strategy may prove to be a waste of resources considering the high favorability for both Baker and Hogan.

As for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R), this recent Morning Consult poll found Rauner to be the governor that has most improved his standing.

Other Republican governors in blue states that are doing well include Phil Scott of Vermont, who has 68 percent approval rating, and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, who has a 64 percent approval rating.

If retaking governorships is indeed their first step for Democrats in proving they can retake the White House in 2020, then that first step seems to be an uphill fight that may yield poor results.