As for the executive branch, you need to go back to the last administration. Texas, home of George W. Bush, has topped our rankings two of the four years, including 2010. VP Dick Cheney’s Wyoming came in at 14 this year and 13 in 2009. Both states also made the top ten in the economy category the past three years.
If you’re already handicapping the 2012 presidential election, the top semi-public GOP candidates provide food for thought. They are Palin, now a TV commentator; Tim Pawlenty, governor of Minnesota; Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas; and Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, whose father was governor of Michigan.
For the sake of balance, on the Democratic side, in addition to President Obama, there is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, assuming things go very badly for the president.
Finally, lets assume the major independent will be New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
How do their states rank overall as well as in the economy category?
Bloomberg (New York), Huckabee (Arkansas), Palin (Alaska) and Pawlenty (Minnesota) are associated mostly with one state and earn rankings of 24/2, 32/27, 50/4, and 8/5, respectively.
Obama (Hawaii/Illinois) and Romney (Michigan/Massachusetts) are two-state entries, which requires averaging their scores. Obama’s general and economy rankings are 36/22, while Romney’s are 27/26
Clinton’s non-Washington residential life was spent in three states (Illinois, Arkansas and New York). Her general/economy rankings average out to 14/27.
Here’s looking at Bloomberg, Clinton and Pawlenty in 2012. Stay tuned for the 2011 and 2012 editions of America's top states.
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