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Republicans Win 10 Governorships In States Previously Led By Democrats

November 3, 2010 by  

Republicans win 10 governorships in states previously led by DemocratsRepublicans not only gained control of the House of Representatives on election day, but they also regained the majority of governorships in the United States.

Projections indicate that the GOP will capture 10 governorships in states where the previous leaders were Democrats. Those states are Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa. Susan Martinez (R-N.M.), Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) and Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) became the first women governors to be elected in their respective states.

Martinez is the first female Hispanic candidate to be elected governor in the U.S.

"You were the ones telling me how desperately we needed to move New Mexico in a new direction," Martinez said, quoted by CNN. "At the end of the day, New Mexico chose a new direction."

Aside from being their state's top ranking executive, governors also help redraw congressional districts based on population changes determined by the census. This process, called gerrymandering, can play a key role in determining electoral votes for a particular party.

Michael McDonald, a professor at George Mason University and a redistricting expert, told USA Today that Republican wins in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas put the GOP is a good position to redraw the map in their favor over the next decade.

Democrats captured a big victory in the state with the biggest electoral clout as Jerry Brown defeated Republican Meg Whitman in California. Whitman, the CEO of eBay, spent more than $140 million of her own money on the campaign, which helped make the California gubernatorial race the most expensive non-presidential race in American history.

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  • s c

    How about that? America has some new governors who are women [AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO SELL THEMSELVES TO A UTOPIAN POLITICAL PARTY TO GET ELECTED!].
    Now is the time to come together and de-fund The Anointed One’s healthcare SCAM. For those who haven’t thought about it, America won’t be a better country by having everyone enrolled in Medicare.
    Americans CAN’T count on Social Security being solvent when it’s ‘time to collect.’ THAT is a FACT that a certain bunch of LOSERS don’t want made known. That conclusion was made by the Supreme Court many years ago, people.
    Send The Anointed One’s healthcare SCAM back to hell where it belongs. Chop Uncle Scam down to size. Eliminate as much social engineering as possible, and ship politicians to another country whenever a business is ‘sent’ overseas. OUTSOURCE the scum, America. Reclaim your country while you can.

  • Dan az

    Start the impeachment proceedings NOW!Don’t wait for him while he is on another vacation that is going to cost us 200 million.Take pe lousys plane from her now, dont wait for the lame ducks to return, do it now.
    And when they all return lets show them that we mean business.If you vote against us again let them know there will not be anywhere in the states they can hide.

  • Janey OK

    A Sweet Sweep In Oklahoma!

    In what is being called the most remarkable election in Oklahoma history, Republicans swept every statewide office Tuesday night and increased majorities in both the State House and Senate. It was really great night!

    And we have our first female Gov.

  • Karolyn

    I am saddended that Nikki Haley (a Palin protege) was voted in by the ignorant people of SC. We are stuck with another republican administration that will keep SC in the dark ages for many more years. I’m thinking of moving. This state is so backwards because of the “good ole boys”, status quo mentality, and it is scary! They want to keep all the po’ folks in their place and keep it one of the most under-educated, unhealthiest states in the union. Sure glad I wasn’t born here!

    • libertytrain

      you really should move back to jersey. And for me, I think your new governor elect has possibilities.

      • libertytrain

        it’s interesting that your adopted state voted in a woman and of India ethnic heritage. But they are backward to you – how funny. She doesn’t appear quite the good old boy to me.

  • JimH

    Karolyn, You my not have been born there,and if you hate it so much why do you stay there? It’s still a semi-free country, move.

  • Mark

    I can’t wait until 2012 when the rest of the Dems get the axe and conservatives can start undoing the damage the loony liberals have done in the last few years.
    IF the Republicans can’t understand that Tuesdays election was their last chance they will NOT be the party the conservatives flock to in 2012. The motto of the conservatives should be “GET RIGHT OR GET OUT”
    Liberals can’t seem to understand the conservative ideology that Good Government and Less Of It is best for America and will keep us the greatest nation on earth.

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