Congressional Midterm Elections: Live Gubernatorial Updates
Alaska’s Gubernatorial Race Still Uncertain
In Alaska, where the gubernatorial race was considered one of the closer ones worth keeping an eye on, we’ll have to wait possibly as long as a week while absentee ballots are counted. So far independent Bill Walker has a slight edge over Republican Sean Parnell, but at present the race is too close to call.
Neither candidate is jumping on the numbers just yet, both recognizing that it could go either way. “We’re pleased to be in the lead, but we recognize that it’s early, so we’ll see as the night progresses how that maintains,” said Walker to the Washington Times, “But if someone has to be in the lead, we’d rather it be us, obviously.”
Maryland’s Governorship Goes Republican With Hogan
The race between Republican candidate, and current Lieutenant Gov. of Maryland, Larry Hogan, and Democratic contender Anthony Brown has been a close one, with Hogan keeping a lead but the numbers still fairly uncertain even after nearly 7o percent of precincts had reported in. Even so, it came as little surprise when Hogan maintained his lead and took the win, turning Maryland red.
This makes Hogan the second Republican governor in the last forty years, the other being Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in 2003. Shawn Quinn, the Libertarian in the race, was never a strong opponent, but many hoped Brown’s early lead and support from other Democrats — including Michelle Obama — might push him ahead, but Hogan has had his own support — namely New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
“We’ve run a tough fight and it’s been a long campaign and we’re feeling great that so many Democrats, independents, and Republicans are looking to vote for a change of direction in our state,” said Hogan earlier on election day after he and his wife Yumi had voted themselves, according to CBS, “It’s going to be a really close race.” And a close race it was, but ultimately Maryland’s Lt. Governor has had the Lt. nixed from his title.
Gina Raimondo takes Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race
Former General Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) took Rhode Island’s governorship over Republican candidate Allan Fung and three independent candidates, the most competitive of which was Bob Healey. This makes Raimondo the first female Governor of Rhode Island, and what’s more, it makes her the first Democratic governor for the state in twenty long years.
Raimondo, who was aided in her campaign by Hillary Clinton, a Democrat that, unlike Obama, is able to supply some positive PR, asking Rhode Islanders to “dig deep” and work hard to get Raimondo into office, according to NBC. She was also supported by Emily’s List, a pro-women’s rights group that makes an effort to get female Democratic candidates elected who are supporters of women’s right to an abortion. One of her major talking points, and one of the major campaign differences she had from Fung was her support of the minimum wage increase. She will replace Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who was a Republican in the past, an independent in 2010, and a Democrat in 2013, who has chosen to hand the gubernatorial position off to someone new. Voters have chosen Raimondo to take up the role, a candidate known for her reform of the pension system in Rhode Island, an oft-mentioned success touted during her campaign.
Scott Walker Takes the Race in Wisconsin
Late polls in October placed Gov. Scott Walker at a slight advantage, unsurprising considering his incumbency, and it’s looking like they’ve been proven right. At least, they’re correct based on ABC and AP’s choice to call the race within the last few hours in favor of Walker, who was voted back into office — based on his heavy lead in key precincts — for another term over Democratic challenger Mary Burke with a fairly strong advantage.
Earlier the two opponents met in the airport and both stopped to say hello and smile for the camera. The Washington Post reports Walker said it “shows in the end, we’re still all Wisconsinites no matter who you are voting for.” Both Walker and Burke tweeted the photos, standing side-by-side.
what are the odds? pic.twitter.com/oeedkEaqTw
— Mary Burke (@Burke4WI) November 3, 2014
Wisconsin had a rough start at the polls earlier today where voter identification confusion led one small town clerk to ask for voter ID. In fact the Supreme Court had decided in October that ID requirements for this Novembers election would not be allowed, a reversal on an appeals court’s previous decision. The confusion appears to have been resolved quickly and was not widespread throughout the state, which Fox News reports has seen very strong voter turnout. While Burke did quite well in a few precincts, they were not large enough or numerous enough to combat Walker’s lead.
Ohio: Republican Win for Incumbent John Kasich
Ohio’s gubernatorial race is in, and the results of the vote count are hardly surprising for anyone that’s been following the race there. Republican incumbent candidate John Kasich was considered a fairly likely winner, and he hasn’t disappointment, taking the governorship over Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald. Shortly after the number came in, Kasich tweeted “We did it! It’s only halftime, Ohio, and the best is yet to come. Thanks for placing your trust in our team,” alongside a photo of his family and “Thank You, Ohio! Four More Years!” The victory follows a somewhat difficult election thanks to his old Tea Party connections; the group refused to back him due to recent falling out — in part due to his stance on aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The loss of their support was ultimately not a problem for Kasich, and one he avoided dramatizing.
“I don’t sit around doing political calculations … I’m not telling you that we don’t have political considerations on some issues. But it’s just about doing it right,” he told Cleveland.com, “I am a conservative … I have a right to lead, too. I have a right to shape what conservative philosophy means too.” Apparently voters are in agreement, because he’s back in the governorship for another term. His more central position on topics that might alienate the far right is possibly indicative of a more open GOP. It will be interesting to see whether Wisconsin’s more far right Republican candidate will do as well in his own race.
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