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Nate Silver rates McCrory as one of nation's most conservative guvs

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is among the nation's more conservative Republican governors, according to Nate Silver, the political blogger and prognosticator for The New York Times.

In an article about the nation's 30 Republican governors, Silver attempts to measure them on their conservatism – no easy task since they don't have a voting record like members of Congress do. But Silver measures them based on public statements, the identity of their donors, and where applicable, their congressional voting record.

He rates McCrory as the ninth most conservative Republican. He is more conservative than Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ohio Gov John Kasich, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, among others.

To McCrory's right are Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.

Silver is considered a numbers whiz. He correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states in last year's presidential race, and the winner in 31 of 33 Senate race. (He incorrectly predicted Republican victories in North Dakota and Montana that went Democratic.)


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