A new set of polls by Public Policy Polling finds Republicans on the defensive in a number of governor’s races.
The polls, conducted by the Democratic-leaning PPP on behalf of MoveOn.org found the Democratic candidates in Maine, Kansas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida leading the Republican candidates.
• In Maine PPP found Republican Gov. Paul LePage (pictured) trailing Rep. Mike Michaud (D) 37 percent to 44 percent.
• In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) trails Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis 41 percent to 45 percent.
• In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is behind the generic potential Democratic candidate by double digits. PPP found Corbett trailing the generic candidate 56 percent to 34 percent.
• In the Georgia gubernatorial race, state Sen. Jason Carter (D) just barely leads Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) 43 percent to 42 percent.
• In Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leads Gov. Rick Scott (R), 49 percent to 42 percent.
Of course, not every high-profile gubernatorial race includes good news for Democrats. Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) for example is considered the underdog against Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. And a Gravis marketing poll released earlier in the week found Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner beating Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in Illinois. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) leads Democratic challenger Mary Burke by 15 percentage points, according to a new St. Norbert/WPR poll out Wednesday.