With 36 state governorships up for election this year, there are many opportunities for Jay Inslee’s Democratic Governors Association to add to their membership. Members of Bill Haslam’s Republican Governor’s Association will be primarily on the defense, but there may be opportunities for the Republicans to flip a few races as well. Will the Democrats ride a “blue wave” into the governorships of these states, or will this “blue wave” fizzle out and enable the Republicans to retain control of these states before redistricting in 2020?
NB. While this is obviously not true to how gubernatorial races work in real life, I thought that it would be a neat idea to develop a scenario of this sort. If people enjoy it, I may do other cycles.
It’s the dawn of the New Frontier for the first time at the ballot box since the very close 1960 Presidential election. In this scenario you can command Mike Mansfield and the Senate Democrats to protect the momentum for the New Frontier. Or you can be Everett M. Dirksen and try to recapture a decent number of Republican seats. It will be a mountain to recover enough seats (15) to control the U.S. Senate after the landslide for the Democrats in 1958. With 21 Democratic seats up you will have to maintain your 18 seats and then capture the lion’s share of the Democrats. It’s not undoable but will take some serious targeting and use of resources.
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It’s 1988, and along with a new President, comes a new chance to control the U.S. Senate. In this scenario, you have a popular U.S. President in Ronald Reagan, retiring. He wants to try to wrestle control of the U.S. Senate back to the Republicans for his successor, Vice President George H.W. Bush. The Democrats, who won the Senate in 1986 after losing control of it in 1980, want to hold on and expand their numbers. They also hope to elect Governor Michael S. Dukakis as President. In addition one of their own will be the next Vice President as the junior Senator from Indiana, Dan Quayle, who is prone to gaffes very frequently facing off against the popular Texas senior Senator, Lloyd M. Bentsen.
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I have yet again returned, my friends and loyal subjects! I have brought with me gifts, and tidings of great joy!
In this installment of Single State Series…New Mexico, in the recent 2018 Congressional Election!
-Smaller Targetable Area: With only 3 congressional districts, it shouldn’t be hard to attempt a sweep from either side. However, be forwarned: Like IA-02 and IA-04, all of New Mexico’s House seats are considered Safe (either way) at the beginning of the scenario. HOWEVER, in my testing, I did somehow flip a district which was D+9% by the time of the Election, so I have no idea.
-Smaller Amounts of Money!!: I finally figured how to make you start off with a smaller amount of money! I shrunk allowances for all main parties to 25k and thus you start with only 50k. Background fundraising at the max is about 30k per turn if you refuse to use any CPs. But if you do try to spam TV ads, keep them below 20k per budget-it’ll drain you fast if you’re not careful.
Hello, player! Ever wanted to play or watch the 2016 House elections? Of course you do/would, why else would you be viewing this post? Well anyway, ever find yourself wondering what it would be like to just play the House in one state? The all 435 races in normal Congress Infinity giving you anxiety? Have no fear, general viewer! Behold, the brand new Single State Series, for the US House!
In this series, one takes control of a specific party in a specific state. This smaller focus allows one to more easily focus on the really competitive (or in certain races, the least competitive) races, without worrying if you’ll lose the lead in a district literally anywhere else in the states.
-Observer Mode/Party!: I love it,?you love it, heck for all scenarios official and custom, it should be mandatory!
-New region-specific photos!: Taken from here, “Current Districts and Representatives”
-Adjusted population for each region, voters, and possible voting pop:Found from here
-Added massive amount of “Historical Context” for the General Blurb, for thos interested in learning
-Two start dates! October 8, and September 1, per request
-Re-adjusted Surrogates for the scenario. If you feel there could be a better scenario with more surrogates, please let me know!
-(V1.1): Lowered “Allowance” (my word for party campaign funds) has been lowered to 300k for both main parties, thank you to who suggested it, you know who you are.
Future Plans/Few Last Things
n this specific scenario, Iowa -2016! Iowa’s 2016 campaign wasn’t the most competitive in real life-all of the electoral victors won by at least 5 points. However, I felt it would be helpful for you to start on an easier (in the GOP mind) campaign, or for the Democrats, an extermely hard campaign. In the future, I hope to create and upload both the 2014 and 2018 races as well.
This is my very first campaign to go public for 270soft-I’d be incredibly grateful for any and all feedback from you. If you feel there are improvements to be made, please let me know and I’ll do my best to accomodate, and hopefully make it better.
Again, I’ll repeat myself. This is meant to be the launch of a series. I hope to make more scenarios like this in the future.
Physician Cameron Webb takes on Republican Bob Good in Virginia’s 5th district. VA-5 voted for Trump in 2016, and voted for Corey Stewart by 2 in his landslide Senate loss in 2018. Bob Good defeated incumbent Congressman Denver Riggleman in the primary. Can Bob Good hold this traditionally Republican seat?
MN7 2020 – (D) Collin Peterson versus (R) Michelle Fischbach
Minnesota-7 voted for Trump by 31 points in 2016, but long-time Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson has held on. 2020 is likely to be his toughest race yet. He is facing former MN Lt. Governor Michelle Fischbach. Can he win?
VA9 2010 – (D) Rick Boucher versus (R) Morgan Griffith
In Virginia-9 long-time Congressman Rick Boucher is trying to win reelection to a seat he has held since 1983. He is facing Virginia State Delegate Morgan Griffith. This western Virginia seat voted for John McCain and has become heavily Republican on the Presidential level. Can Congressman Boucher survive the red wave to hold his seat, or will Griffith upset the long-time Representative in an anti-Obama wave.
As we move into 2020, the Senate is up for grabs with the Republicans hoping to maintain their senate majority, while the Democrats hope to flip seats in Colorado, Arizona, Maine, and North Carolina, without losing any of their senators such as Doug Jones in Alabama.
Candidates are based on who has filed/who I think will win the nomination of their respective parties. Will be updated as primaries occur.
Polling based on previous election results+trends in recent years, and current polling. Will be updated most updates and for balance.
After working on this hobby of mine for the past 12 years, I am proud to present the first campaign for the Republic of Albia (ROA) to be released publicly! The ROA is a fictional country located on the continent of Acadia in the Atlantic ocean. There are five parties in the ROA, and they are:
Hawk Party of Albia (HPA)
The current “big-tent” party. The HPA has a plurality of registered voters. It can be divided into four main factions: Libertarian and libertarian leaning, Northern Conservatives, Southern Conservatives and Moderates. Northern Conservatives tend to focus on conservative economic policy, while Southern Conservatives tend to focus on social conservative policy. N. Cons are moderately conservative on foreign policy while SoCons are very conservative on foreign policy. The Hawk Party has held the Presidency for the past 12 years, winning four consecutive elections. They have held the Senate since 2009, and the Assembly of the People from 2011-2019.
Dove Party of Albia (DPA)
The Dove Party of Albia is made up of mostly moderate and progressive voters. There are smaller factions of socialists and left-leaning libertarians, and even some conservative voters. The party is more divided along ideological lines than regional lines. It is the second largest party in the Republic. With four consecutive national elections losses, it is a party looking for its identity. They captured the Assembly in 2018 for the first time since 2009.
Albian Independent Party (AIP)
The AIP is the largest third party in the Republic and was formed in 2000. It has an almost uniformly moderate platform, and it often runs candidates in almost every state. In 2016, the AIP nominated former Hawk Governor turned AIP Senator Alex Hardy of Tolova and had their most successful candidate ever. Hardy won 557,759 votes, or 5.9%, of the national popular vote, the most successful run by a third party candidate post-Military Party era (Hardy did not win any electoral votes though.) Hardy even managed to win the 2nd largest county by population in the Republic. Hardy lost re-election to the Senate in 2018, and the once bright future of the party is now very much in doubt. The AIP has ballot access in most states.
Albian Libertarian Party (ALP)
The ALP is the third oldest party in the ROA, formed in 1971 in response to potential military intervention in the Vorga region. The ALP professes a strict libertarian philosophy, advocating for peace, small government and liberal social positions. The party’s stance in favor of abortion rights and legalizing drugs has long plagued the party from gaining traction with the mainstream (the ROA is one of the more religious countries in the world.) The party has had minimal success at the national level, despite the libertarian swing of the past decade. It has had the most success in the rural and isolated state of New Pur in the state’s territorial days. However, since statehood, the party has not won a state or federal election. It has some ballot access, but still has a long way to go.
Tree Party of Albia (TPA)
The TPA was formed in 2009 in response to the growing threat of global warming. The party platform calls for “a radical plan to greatly alter the trajectory of the Albian social and economic track to a more ecologically-friendly destination.” While starting out as a single-issue party, it has now branched out into other issues. The TPA platform now calls for the legalization of marijuana and strong restrictions on gun rights. Despite its short history, the TPA has had a moderate amount of impact at the Presidential level as a third party. In 2012 and 2016, the party nominated former Dove Congresswoman Cynthia Carlson as the party nominee. While not gaining much national success, Carlson captured 15% of the vote in her home state. This was enough to swing the state to then-Governor and Hawk Party nominee Timothy Hissenger. Hissenger, thus, winning the 2012 election. The TPA is currently the smallest party in the ROA and it has the least amount of ballot access nationwide.
In this scenario, you play as the chair of the campaign committee of your respective party to get candidates elected to statewide office in the states of Weers, Cheroka, Zaracona, Musca, Liptona, Tobosa and Prescott. I have included in the .zip folder a Word document briefly detailing each Gubernatorial race. I have devised a system of deciding primaries to decide who all the candidates were for each race. This is my first campaign released publicly, and I usually only spacebar through the campaign to get the results as the “None of the Above” ballot option. I have never played this campaign as one of the parties, so any feedback as to how I can make this better is welcome. I am currently working on the 2020 elections, and I hope to release the Presidential Election in the next few months. 2020 will include the Presidential Election, State Elections, Assembly Elections and Senate Elections. I may also release the previous 2018 and 2016 campaigns in the near future.
Please let me know what you think! I sincerely hope you enjoy!