Governors don’t affect presidential results: Study

Rachel Rose Hartman

It doesn't really matter who serves as your state's governor when it comes to the results of a presidential race, so says a new study by Smart Politics.

Much is made in an election year of the power held by sitting lawmakers to get the vote out for their party's presidential nominee. But Smart Politics found that 2012's results reaffirmed that there is no correlation between the party of a sitting governor and who wins the presidential vote in that state. The site studied the past 11 presidential cycles and found that in competitive battleground states, the opposite was more likely to be true:

Of the 16 states decided by single digits in 2012, 11 voted for the presidential nominee of a party other than its sitting governor, including each of the five states with the narrowest margin of victory.