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Democrats win 7 of 11 contested governorships

Democrats win 7 of 11 contested governorships

Democrats celebrated the re-election of Washington state's Gov. Chris Gregoire and wins in two open gubernatorial contests, including the election of the first woman governor of North Carolina.
Republicans said they were lucky to hold onto three incumbent governorships amid a national Democratic onslaught Tuesday.
At the end of an Election Day in which 11 governorships were decided, the Democrats won seven.
Gregoire beat Republican Dino Rossi in a rematch of their historically close 2004 election. She thanked supporters in a victory speech, saying she looked forward to working with president-elect Barack Obama in January. The campaign, she said, had been "a long haul."
Gregoire, a former state attorney general, also emerged the victor against Rossi in their 2004 contest by the closest percentage margin of any governor's race in U.S. history _ just 133 votes out of about 2.8 million cast, after two recounts and an unsuccessful Republican court challenge.
Three incumbent Republican governors were easily re-elected, however, at the same time several Republican incumbents in the House and Senate lost seats.
In North Carolina, where Democrats have held the governor's seat 88 of the last 100 years, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue defeated Republican challenger Pat McCrory, the longtime mayor of Charlotte. Perdue replaces Democrat Gov. Mike Easley, who is stepping down because of term limits.
Perdue ignored predictions early in her political career about difficulties winning election as a woman. Running for governor, she pitched her reputation as a problem solver after years in state government.
"I haven't run simply because I'm the first woman candidate running, but I hear it everywhere I go," she said Tuesday. "Little girls and little boys, just say 'Wow, is it possible?' So, yeah, it's exciting, mighty exciting."
Said McCrory: "This was not the night we had planned, but I accept the voters' conclusions from North Carolina."
The Democrats' biggest prize came in Missouri, where Attorney General Jay Nixon easily beat Republican U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof. The seat opened when Republican Gov. Matt Blunt declined to seek re-election.
"Loudly and clearly, the people of Missouri went to the polls and voted to take our state in a new direction, and that's exactly what they'll get," Nixon said Tuesday night in an interview with The Associated Press.
Overall, eight incumbents were re-elected. In Indiana, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels easily turned back a Democratic challenger hoping to benefit from a strong turnout for Obama.
In Vermont, Republican Gov. Jim Douglas was re-elected to a fourth two-year term after fending off challenges from two rivals.
Among other incumbents, Democrats in Montana, West Virginia and New Hampshire won re-election by a wide margin, as did Republicans in North Dakota and Utah. In Delaware, Democrat Jack Markell easily won the open seat.
Tuesday's races were a prelude to 2010, when a majority of states will elect governors who will help preside over the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts.
Democrats said Tuesday's results gave them momentum heading for 2010. The Republican Governors Association said its group is on track to regain the majority of governors it lost two years ago.
"By anyone's scorecard, to have all our incumbents re-elected in this Democratic wave is a testament to our governors and to our committee," said Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican group.


Updated : 2021-10-21 11:32 GMT+08:00