Democrats gain governors' seats, but GOP holds some states

In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer turned back Republican Bill Schuette in the contest to replace Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who could not run again due to term limits. Walker was a top target of Democrats and a polarizing figure in his state, sweeping into office during the tea party wave of 2010 and gaining national attention by leading a rollback of union rights that led to protests inside the state Capitol.

One of those Senate races was in Texas, where Democrat Beto O'Rourke mounted a serious challenge against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, but he fell short of victory.

In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a US state.

Democrats now fully control 14 state governments, and while that represents a significant brightening of prospects from 2016, they are still well behind Republicans, who have full control of 22 states.

"The Republicans did well at the state level, at the general assembly".

Republican Gov. Scott Walker lost his bid for a third term in Wisconsin.

The win by Democrat Tony Evers gives his party a chance to undo some of Walker's accomplishments, including a strict voter ID law and the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for public workers.

Democrats Andrew Cuomo in NY and Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania easily won re-election, as did two Republicans in Democratic-leaning states - Larry Hogan in Maryland and Charlie Baker in MA.

Democrats took six legislative chambers away from Republicans on Tuesday night, giving them control of 37 across the country. "Winning the governorships is huge in beginning the process of changing the direction of our politics".

The president and a former president are putting in their closing arguments with time running out before crucial midterm elections.

The GOP saw several victories Tuesday in OH, including Republican Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Rich Cordray for governor and Republicans winning attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state and auditor seats.

Republicans in many competitive suburban districts have tried to focus their campaign messages on the robust economic growth, though in his campaign appearances Trump has also focused on his hard-line immigration stance as he looks to stem the illegal and legal flow of people into the United States.

The political parties are trying not only to win now, but also to put themselves in strong position for the elections two years from now that will determine which party will have the upper hand in redrawing congressional and state legislative districts. A redistricting ballot measure also was on the ballot in Utah.

And Republican Kris Kobach - the firebrand secretary of state who co-chaired the president's short-lived commission on election integrity - is projected to lose the Kansas governor's race to Democrat Laura Kelly in the traditionally deep red state. The GOP held a trifecta of power in 25 states, compared with just eight for Democrats. The Democratic victories in Kansas and MI will break up Republican trifectas.

While Republicans have kept control of the Senate, as was expected, losing control of the House will make it more hard for President Trump to enact his agenda. All told, Democrats had flipped at least seven Republican-held governorships without suffering any losses as of early Wednesday morning.

Of the past 40 governors, 18 have been Democrats, but Democrats have only held the governor seat four years since 1991. Democratic former President Barack Obama swooped in to boost the Democrats, and media star Oprah Winfrey visited Georgia on behalf of Abrams. And it will nearly certainly influence how states redraw congressional districts after the 2020 census.

  • Rogelio Becker