Key governor races will shape America's future politics

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Trump's backing - including a pre-primary endorsement - was also key in helping Kobach unseat the current governor, fellow Republican Jeff Colyer, in the primary.

Another Democrat trying to make history, Ben Jealous, lost his bid to become Maryland's first black governor to incumbent Republican Larry Hogan. Pritzker, a billionaire, appears to have capitalized not only on Rauner's lack of popularity but broader dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump.

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.

Tuesday's midterm election saw Democrats wrest some of the power Republicans have accumulated on the state level in both legislative chambers and governors' mansions.

Democrats won governorships on Tuesday in several USA states that supported Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in dozens of gubernatorial contests across the country.

That hasn't happened in Wisconsin since 2008, when Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle was in office and Republicans controlled the Assembly with Democrats in charge of the Senate.

In all, voters were choosing 36 governors and 6,089 state legislators in general and special elections that have attracted record amounts of spending from national Democratic and Republican groups.

State legislative results were similarly mixed (as were congressional outcomes).

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Voters in Colorado, Michigan and Missouri approved ballot measures Tuesday overhauling the redistricting process in ways that are meant to reduce the likelihood of partisan gerrymandering by either major party.

Republicans now control two-thirds of all legislative chambers and the governor's office in 33 states.

Democrats, playing catch-up after a net loss of 13 governorships and more than 900 state legislative seats during Democratic President Barack Obama's years in office, are fielding their largest slate of legislative candidates in more than three decades. California's Democratic-dominated Legislature, with the help of one Republican lawmaker, enacted a 12-cent gas tax hike to pay for road repairs.

"The eyebrow-raiser will be if Democrats pick up a South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma - these sort of very, very red (Republican) states", Duffy said, noting local dynamics, rather than national politics, were mostly responsible for Republican weaknesses.

Critical contests are taking place in Midwestern and Rust Belt states that sealed Trump's 2016 victory, where Republican losses could hurt his re-election chances in 2020.

In addition to Wisconsin, Democrats also won governor races in three other states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kansas - that supported Trump in 2016, bolstering the party's hopes of capturing those states in the 2020 presidential election.

Perhaps most significantly, Democrats added six states - Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Colorado and ME - in which they control both chambers of the legislature and the governorship. Republicans now hold trifectas in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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