GOP Looking for Big Gain in Governorships

By: AP
By: AP

The same anti-establishment wave expected to engulf congressional Democrats tomorrow may be roaring toward Democratic-held statehouses too, where a record 37 governorships on the line.

Republicans are anticipating major gains across the nation's industrial heartland and in several vital presidential swing states.

Democrats have a good shot at ousting GOP governors in California, Hawaii, Vermont and Minnesota and holding onto statehouses in New York, Maryland, Colorado, New Hampshire and Arkansas.

Republicans are looking for a net pickup of up to 12 statehouses.

Governorships are especially important this year since governors will be behind-the-scenes players in 2012 presidential races and have a critical say in implementing the new health care law. They will also actively participate next year in redrawing congressional and legislative districts.


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