A rebounding economy and falling approval ratings for President Obama have bolstered Republican incumbent governors across the country, including South Carolina.

As the New York Times reported, incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley remains "likely" to win her race, an analysis based on the Cook Political Report reading of the race.

Dollars have poured into groups focused on electing Republicans to statewide office. The Republican Governors Association is expected to outraise Democrats focused on electing those to statewide offices by two to one. The effect of the dollars advantage has already been seen in early Republican Governors Association ad buys in the Palmetto state.

The NYT explained:

Four years after an economic crisis and opposition to Mr. Obama's health care law propelled Republicans to capture a lopsided majority of statehouses across the country, they are faced with a staggering political task: defending 22 of the 36 executive mansions that will be up for grabs in November, led by a governor who is trying to rebound from a scandal.

While the sheer scale of Republican gains four years ago offers Democrats a wealth of opportunities to win, the political environment appears to be tilting again in the Republicans' direction. Four years after an economic crisis and opposition to Mr. Obama's health care law propelled Republicans to capture a lopsided majority of statehouses across the country, they are faced with a staggering political task: defending 22 of the 36 executive mansions that will be up for grabs in November, led by a governor who is trying to rebound from a scandal.

The improving job numbers has put Democrats in an awkward position. In Washington, they claim credit for the improving economy, while playing down success in state and local races where Republicans can claim credit.

PALMETTO POLITICS CLICKS

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