[JURIST] [JURIST Election Special] 7:12 AM ET - CNN is reporting that ten of the eleven gubernatorial races across the country have been called; Washington is too close to call at this time.
GOP Governors include Indiana's Mitch Daniels over Democrat Joe Kernan, and North Dakota Republican Governor John Hoeven over Democratic challenger Joe Starom. In Vermont, Republican Governor Jim Douglas won over Democratic challenger Peter Clavelle. In Missouri, the Republican Secretary of State, Matt Blunt, led Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill. Finally, in Utah, it was Republican Jon Huntsman over former law school dean Scott Matheson, a Democrat.
Democrats took the Governor's office in West Virginia (Democrat Joe Manchin won over Republican Monty Warner) and North Carolina, where Democratic Gov. Mike Easley won a close race against Republican Patrick Ballantine. In Montana, Democrat Brian Schweitzer prevailed over Republican Secretary of State Bob Brown. In New Hampshire, Democratic businessman John Lynch won over Republican incumbent Craig Benson. In Delaware, Democratic Gov. Ruth Ann Minner led Republican challenger Bill Lee.
Washington state is still too close to call.
Priot to Tuesday's vote Republicans held 28 governor's mansions and Democrats 22, and political pundits predicted there would be little if any shift in that balance of power. CNN has more, including candidate profiles.