This week was dominated by election-related news coverage across the country, where democrats fared much better than anticipated. As a result, the legislatures in Michigan and Minnesota have flipped control from R to D (
DFL Party in MN) and the Pennsylvania state House is on the verge of flipping from R to D as well. However, control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House is still not officially decided, and some races have yet to be called particularly in Arizona (Governor and U.S. Senate). Alabama
Republican Governor Kay Ivey won her second full term as Governor this week.
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Governor Mike Dunleavy is set to win re-election for another term, projecting over 50% of the vote needed to win the race outright due to Alaska’s ranked choice voting system.
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Heading into Friday, the Governor’s race in Arizona between Republican Kari Lake and Democrat Katie Hobbs was still too close to call.
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Republican candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the race for Governor, succeeding term-limited Governor Asa Hutchinson, and becoming the state’s first female governor.
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Voters in California approved a ballot measure to guarantee reproductive rights in state constitution.
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Governor Jared Polis defeated Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl, winning a second term. Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennett also won re-election.
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Governor Lamont defeated Republican challenger Ed Stefanowski, winning his second term.
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Governor Ron DeSantis (R) easily defeated challenger Charlie Crist (D), by almost 20 points. Senator Marco Rubio also won another term, defeating Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings by over 16 points. Republicans also won three statewide races for Agriculture Commissioner, Attorney General, and CFO.
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) won re-election, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams (D) in a rematch of the 2018 midterms. In Georgia’s Senate race, Herschel Walker (R) and Senator Raphael Warnock (D) will head to a December runoff election after neither candidate achieved a 50% majority.
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Lt. Governor Josh Green (D) was overwhelmingly elected the ninth Governor of Hawaii, defeating Republican Duke Aiona.
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Governor Brad Little (R) won his second term Tuesday, defeating Democratic candidate Stephen Heidt.
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Incumbent Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) easily defeated State Senator Darren Bailey to win his second term as Governor.
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Indiana Republicans kept control of the state legislature.
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Governor Kim Reynolds (R) won re-election to her second full term in office, defeating Deidre DeJear (D).
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Democratic Governor Laura Kelly defeated the state’s Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) to win her second term as Governor.
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Kentucky voters rejected a ballot measure that would have amended the state constitution to give the legislature the authority to call itself into a special session.
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Governor Janet Mills (D) defeated former governor and Republican Paul LePage to win her second term.
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Democrat Wes Moore defeated Republican Dan Cox, flipping the Governor’s mansion in the race to succeed term-limited incumbent Governor Larry Hogan (R).
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Democrat Maura Healey defeated Republican Geoff Diehl, flipping the Governor’s mansion to the Democrats in the race to succeed Charlie Baker (R), who decided not to run for re-election this year. She becomes the first female Governor in Massachusetts, and becomes the nation’s first openly lesbian governor (in addition to Oregon’s new governor).
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) defeated Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, securing her second term in office. Additionally, democrats took control over both chambers in the legislature for the first time in nearly 40 years.
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Governor Tim Walz (D) defeated Republican Scott Jensen, securing his second term in office. Additionally, the DFL party maintained control of the state House and took control of the state Senate.
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Governor Tate Reeves responded to a congressional investigation regarding 150,000 people in Jackson.
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Voters in Missouri approved a ballot referendum to allow those 21 and older to approve recreational marijuana.
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Republicans Ryan Zinke and incumbent Matt Rosendale won both congressional races in Montana.
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Voters in Nebraska approved a ballot referendum that implemented a $15 minimum wage for workers, increasing from $9 per hour to $15 by 2026.
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Governor Chris Sununu (R) won his fourth term as Governor, while Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan won her second term in the U.S. Senate.
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Governor Murphy announced new proposed legislation to combat the rising number of auto thefts in the state.
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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) defeated Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti, 52% to 45%.
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Governor Kathy Hochul (D) defeated Republican challenger and Congressman Lee Zeldin, winning her first full term since she took over from former Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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Congressman Ted Budd (R) won the North Carolina Senate race, defeating Democrat Cheri Beasley to succeed retiring Senator Richard Burr (R).
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Voters in North Dakota rejected a measure to legalize marijuana in the state.
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Republicans J.D. Vance and Governor Mike DeWine won their respective races for U.S Senate and Governor.
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Governor Kevin Stitt (R) won reelection, defeating Democrat Joy Hofmeister to earn his second term.
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Democrat Tina Kotek won the race to become the state’s next Governor, defeating Republican Christine Drazan.
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Democrat Josh Shapiro defeated Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano for Governor, retaining the Governor’s mansion for Democrats with incumbent Governor Tom Wolf (D) term-limited.
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Governor Dan McKee (D) won a full term in office, defeating Republican Ashley Kalus.
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Governor Henry McMaster (R) defeated Democrat Joe Cunningham, earning his second four-year term as Governor.
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Governor Kristi Noem (R) defeated Democrat Jamie Smith, winning her second term as Governor.
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Governor Bill Lee (R) defeated Democrat Jason Martin, continuing over a decade of Republican control of the Governor’s mansion.
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Governor Greg Abbott (R) defeated Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, a former Congressman and 2020 Presidential candidate.
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Governor Phil Scott (R) won his fourth term as Governor, defeating Democrat Brenda Siegel.
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Governor Tony Evers (D) defeated Republican Tim Michels, earning his second term as Governor.
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