Friday, 16 November, 2018

With Midterm Wins, Republicans Maintain Hold On Ohio

US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives onstage to celebrate the Democratic House wins at a Democratic celebration of the results of the US midterm elections in Washington US Republican Mike DeWine wins Ohio governor race, CNN projects
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 17:33

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

Democrats are projected to make modest inroads against the GOP's commanding lead in governors' offices around the country after Tuesday's midterm elections.

Those wins will give Republicans influential seats on the redistricting commission, which will draw state legislative and congressional districts after the 2020 census.

Republicans, meanwhile, were eyeing potential pickups in CT and OR, both traditionally Democratic states.

Democrats scored big victories on Tuesday in governor races in MI and Kansas, U.S. states that voted for Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, while the hotly contested gubernatorial elections in Georgia and Florida remained too close to call.

In Wisconsin, voters ousted Republican Governor Scott Walker by electing Democrat Tony Evers.

The Democratic Governors Association said it was their greatest number of pickups since 1982, the first midterm election of Republican President Ronald Reagan.

In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican Bill Schuette, upending years of Republican control in the state.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams, 44, was vying to become the nation's first black female governor against Republican Brian Kemp, the state's secretary of state.

On Wednesday, after defeating Republican Bill Schuette in the MI governor's race Tuesday, Whitmer laid out her plans to lead MI which includes relaxing marijuana regulations, easing prison sentences for prisoners convicted of Marijuana-related crimes.

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Republicans controlled 33 governors' mansions and two-thirds of state legislative chambers going into Tuesday. The Democratic gubernatorial victories will push that closer to an even split.

The gubernatorial and legislative gains appeared to give Democrats new trifectas of power in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico and NY.

In Iowa, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds broke the Democrats' run of Midwest success by being elected to a full term.

Democrats ended a Republican legislative supermajority in North Carolina, making it harder for the GOP to override vetoes by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

Republican Donald Trump had a decisive 8-point victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

In all, voters were choosing 36 governors and 6,089 state legislators in general and special elections that have attracted record amounts of spending from national Democratic and Republican groups.

The political parties are trying not only to win now, but also to put themselves in strong position for the elections two years from now that will determine which party will have the upper hand in redrawing congressional and state legislative districts.

That's partly because Democrats are still "running on mostly Republican-drawn maps", he said.

She will also bring to the state capitol Michigan's first African American lieutentant governor, Garlin Gilchrist II, a Detroit-born activist, who served as a social media manager for President Obama's campaign in 2008. But that jostling for power will matter less in some states as a result of Tuesday's elections.

Voters in Colorado, Michigan and Missouri approved ballot measures Tuesday overhauling the redistricting process in ways that are meant to reduce the likelihood of partisan gerrymandering by either major party. The Colorado and MI measures set up independent commissions to handle the task instead of leaving it to lawmakers and the governor.

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