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Republicans try for more governor's offices

2012-11-07 06:05

St Louis - North Carolina voters elected their first Republican governor in two decades on Tuesday, fanning the party's hope of broadening their hold on more governor's mansions across America.

The victory by former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory came two years after Republicans snatched six governors' offices in the last round of elections, giving the party 29 governorships to 20 for Democrats and one independent entering this year's elections, in which 11 gubernatorial races were to be decided.

When all the ballots are counted, Republicans could have as many as 33 governorships - the most since the 1920s and one more than they had in the 1990s.

Democratic governors are leaving office in North Carolina, Montana, New Hampshire and Washington, raising Republican hopes that at least some of those offices can be flipped to them.

But New Hampshire's governor's mansion remained in Democratic hands on Tuesday, as did those in Vermont and Delaware.

Recent polls have shown a tight race in Washington state, where the Republican Party hasn't occupied the governor's mansion in more than three decades.

Popular Republican incumbents in conservative states such as Utah and North Dakota are considered likely to hold on.

The Republicans are competing in West Virginia and Missouri, the latter a state where national Republican and Democratic governors' groups have poured millions into the race between Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Nixon and Republican businessman rival Dave Spence.

Democrats had modest hopes of taking over the governorship in Indiana, where Republican Governor Mitch Daniels is stepping down, though polling consistently has favoured Republican Mike Pence.