GOP Now Holds 30 Governor's Mansions

Republicans flip NC; races in Montana, Washington not yet called

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:33 AM CST

(Newser) – It's not all bad news for the GOP: Republicans now have control of 30 governor's offices, the highest number controlled by either party since 2000 and close to the party's all-time high of 34 seats. There were 11 gubernatorial elections yesterday, and all but two have been called or projected, reports CNN—Washington and Montana are still up in the air. Going into the race, Republicans had the run of 29 governor's mansions, to Democrats' 20.

The big win for the GOP comes in North Carolina, where Republican Pat McCrory beat Democrat Walter Dalton, becoming the first GOP governor in the state since the 1980s, and flipping the one seat in yesterday's races. Republican governors were also victorious in the heated races in New Hampshire and West Virginia. Click for CNN's breakdown of each election.

Pat McCrory speaks to supporters at his election night headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 after being elected governor of North Carolina as his wife Ann McCrory, back, looks on.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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