GOVERNORS: Routing the Republicans

From sea to shining sea, the map dotted with the diverse domes of the nation's statehouses reflected a disaster for the Republicans. The Democrats scored a net gain of at least four governorships, raising their total to 36,* their highest tally since 1936. In their sweep, the Democrats captured eight of the nation's ten most populous states, including the twin coastal bastions of New York and California, and came close to winning Ohio and Michigan. Next year 73% of all Americans will have Democrats as their Governors.

Perhaps the most important reason for...

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