After Tonight, GOP Could Own 66% of Governor Mansions

GOP will pick up 1 seat, and could grab as many as 4
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Democrat Walter Dalton, left, and Republican Pat McCrory shake hands prior to their third and final televised gubernatorial debate at Minges Auditorium on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College...   (AP Photo/Raleigh News & Observer, Travis Long, Pool)
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(Newser) – It's a race for the governor's mansion in 11 states today, and the GOP could end the night at the helm of more than two-thirds of the 50 states. The GOP currently controls 29 of the country's top state offices; it's expected to keep the three Republican ones that are up for grabs (Utah, North Dakota, and Indiana), and wrest North Carolina from the Dems. That brings its toll to 30, with the potential to take three more, reports NPR.

Races in Montana, New Hampshire, and Washington are still too close to call, and in all three, Democrat incumbents aren't seeking reelection. The results could have a big impact on health care, since a Supreme Court ruling grants states the ability to opt out of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion. "A Romney victory would dramatically empower Republican governors," said one analyst. Click for NPR's state-by-state breakdown of what could happen. (Read more governor stories.)

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