Democrats Grab First Gubernatorial Wins in Vermont, Delaware
(NEW YORK) — Democrats grabbed the first two gubernatorial wins of Election Day with victories in Vermont and Delaware, two states that ABC News projects will also go to President Obama.
In both states that were expected to remain blue, Democratic incumbents Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware and Gov. Peter Shumlin in Vermont were elected to second terms. In the presidential race, Obama picked up three electoral votes in both states.
Despite the early wins in the Democrats’ column, Republicans are still aiming for a historic election night in governor races. Patrick McCrory was elected governor in North Carolina.
Eleven states are voting for governors this Election Day — eight are still held by Democrats, three by Republicans. The GOP holds a total of 29 gubernatorial seats to the Democrats’ 20. One state, Rhode Island, has an independent governor. If Republicans can grab four new seats, it will push their number to 33, the highest for the GOP in almost a century.
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