GOP scores gubernatorial wins in blue states

by Sean Lengell  |  published on November 6, 2014

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The Republican wave that led to the party winning control of the Senate Tuesday didn’t crest at Capitol Hill, as the GOP scored stunning gubernatorial victories in several deeply Democratic states.

Republicans have won at least 24 of 36 state governor’s races up for grabs, with contests in Alaska and Vermont still too close to call.

Tuesday’s GOP victories mean that Republicans will control at least 31 governorships in 2015, the most by either party in 17 years.

The GOP won back governorships in President Obama’s home state of Illinois, Arkansas and the deeply Democratic states of Massachusetts and Maryland.

The party also retained control of governorships after tight election battles in Florida, Maine and Kansas.

Republicans were defending two-thirds of the governorships up for grabs. And while President Obama carried nine of those states in the 2012 presidential election, Republican gubernatorial candidates on Tuesday won in eight.

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