Democrats wrest power away from Republicans at the state level

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Republicans won single-party control in Alaska; Democratic victories in legislative and gubernatorial races restored two-party governance in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kansas.

In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum lost his attempt to become the state's first black governor, suffering a narrow defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis in a racially charged contest that drew national attention.

One of those Senate races was in Texas, where Democrat Beto O'Rourke mounted a serious challenge against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, but he fell short of victory. Republican Kristi Noem is projected to win her race to become the first female governor in South Dakota. The two-term governor, who also survived a Democratic-driven recall election in 2012 after ending collective bargaining for public workers, briefly ran for president in 2016. "Republicans continue to have a robust advantage in legislative and state control, as they have since 2010".

But in Oklahoma, Republican businessman Kevin Stitt has won the open gubernatorial seat. Voters have not elected back-to-back governors of the same party since the 1960s.

The good news for Trump is that Republicans have kept control of the Senate, and actually flipped some Democrat-controlled seats their way.

Still, their victories in Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin, were balanced by Republicans holding on to one of the top prizes, Florida, and the governor's offices in OH and Arizona. "Winning the governorships is huge in beginning the process of changing the direction of our politics".

Democrats have dealt a major blow to Trump's presidency, by taking control of the House in the midterm elections.

In Nevada's gubernatorial election, Democrat Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission, defeated Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt in a battle to succeed term-limited GOP Governor Brian Sandoval.

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Republicans are in control more often than not in state capitols across the country, but Democrats were trying to pull a little closer in Tuesday's elections.

Perhaps most significantly, Democrats added six states - Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Colorado and ME - in which they control both chambers of the legislature and the governorship. The GOP held a trifecta of power in 25 states, compared with just eight for Democrats.

Democrats fared better in governors' races in the Midwest and the West. The Democratic victories in Kansas and MI will break up Republican trifectas.

The Democratic Governors Association had focused on nine swing states - Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - where it believes the governorships could be pivotal in congressional redistricting.

The governor's races have extra emphasis in 28 states where the winners will serve four-year terms with the potential power to approve or reject district boundaries drawn for Congress or state legislatures. All told, Democrats had flipped at least seven Republican-held governorships without suffering any losses as of early Wednesday morning.

Republicans were largely on defense but also were angling for gains in a few traditionally Democratic states, such CT.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and Republican State Leadership Committee, which focus on state races, also set record fundraising targets. Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, in recent days sought to turn out black voters, with high-profile appearances in Georgia on her behalf by Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama.

Governors and hundreds of legislators elected this year will be in office when congressional districts are redrawn after the 2020 Census.

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