Democrats flip 7 governor seats

Democrats picked up seven governorships in Tuesday’s elections, flipping Wisconsin, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Illinois, Nevada, and New Mexico. Georgia’s race remained too close to call, with Republican Brian Kemp narrowly leading Democrat Stacey Abrams, who would be the first African-American female governor.

In a key race, Republican Ron DeSantis beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in the swing state of Florida. “I sincerely regret that I couldn’t bring it home for you,” said Gillum, who would have been Florida’s first black governor.

Big losses for Republicans included Gov. Scott Walker’s loss to Democrat Tony Evers in Wisconsin. Walker, once a rising GOP star and presidential hopeful, survived a hard-fought recall vote in 2012.

Also, Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Trump ally on voter-fraud claims and hardline immigration policies.

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