Across the States
Thirty-six states held gubernatorial elections, with a handful of key races across the country paving the way for Republicans to retake a number of governorships.
In Oregon, Tina Kotek (D) is locked in a tight battle with former state House GOP leader Christine Drazan (R), currently leading by 0.7% with 75% of the vote in. Should Drazan pull ahead, she would be the state's first Republican governor in 40 years.
In Florida, incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) topped Democrat Charlie Crist, 59-39, in what is the widest margin by a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the state since 2002. DeSantis' win sets the stage for a potential 2024 presidential run.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) beat former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, 55-43. In Georgia, incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R) won in his rematch against former Democratic state lawmaker Stacey Abrams, who conceded.
On the Democratic side, in Michigan, incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) beat conservative commentator Tudor Dixon by 8%, while in Arizona, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs leads Kari Lake (R) for a seat left open by departing GOP Gov. Doug Ducey by 2% with 60% of the vote in.
Separately, in the Los Angeles mayoral race, billionaire developer Rick Caruso leads Rep. Karen Bass (D, CA-37) by 2% with 40% of the vote in.