The Election: Governors

A six-year trend was reversed. On Election Day there were 26 Republicans, 22 Democratic governors. When the voting was over (barring last-minute shifts), it was just the other way about. The U.S. had 26 Democratic and 22 Republican governors. From the G.O.P. to the Democratic side: Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Washington. From Democratic to G.O.P.: North Dakota.

Bay State. The Democrats took over Massachusetts' gold-domed State Capitol. Tub-thumping Maurice J. Tobin, 43, Boston's mayor for the past seven years, an expert machine politician and personable Irishman, won by an F.D.R. coattail over the...

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