GOVERNORS: The G.O.P's Big Gain

IN sharp contrast to the presidential race, most battles for the nation's statehouses were decided early and decisively. Republicans entered the election holding 26 governorships to the Democrats' 24; of the 21 statehouses on the line this year, 13 were in Democratic hands, eight held by the G.O.P. When the returns were sorted, the Republicans had gained five governorships, raising their total to 31—more than double their 1960 low of 14 statehouses. The G.O.P. now had control of six of the nation's most populous states (California,...