Midterms: That’s how the gubernatorial election went – politics

The Democrats also had to tremble before the gubernatorial elections in the USA this year. 36 of the 50 state leaders were re-elected. The Republicans had a little more to defend with 20 posts than the Democrats. But for the Democrats, more governor jobs were on fire in so-called swing states, i.e. in states where presidential elections are usually decided, such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and New Mexico. Whoever sits in the governor’s mansions, the government offices, has a say in the organization of the elections in the state.

But the Democrats’ record is impressive – although the Republicans had counted on good chances everywhere. In Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro clearly beat Republican Doug Mastriano, who openly acknowledged ex-President Donald Trump and his election lies and aggressively attacked his competitor with anti-Semitic innuendos. That was obviously not well received in his state.

A tight race had also been expected in Wisconsin. Here, the Democratic governor Tony Evers was re-elected, although both chambers of the state are in the hands of Republicans and the Republican senator was confirmed in office on Tuesday. But Evers had made a name for himself as a perhaps a little dull but principled politician. During his first term in office, he vetoed more than a dozen laws that the Republicans wanted to use to change voting rights in the state in their favor. His challenger Tim Michels had positioned himself as a supporter of Trump and his election lies.

Georgia becomes a swing state – but not in gubernatorial elections

In Michigan, the Democrat Gretchen Whitmer clearly won against her Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, who, while not embracing the talk of voter fraud, spoke out in favor of an abortion ban. Whitmer, on the other hand, had made a name for herself as a champion of women’s rights.

Georgia is also proving to be a swing state in presidential elections. Meanwhile, the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta remains firmly in Republican hands. Democrat Stacey Abrams, once a great hope of her party, tried it there for the second time against Brian Kemp – and lost. Kemp made a name for himself by being one of the few Republicans to go offensively against President Donald Trump’s election lies.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was also re-elected. The Secretary of State oversees state elections in the United States. After losing the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump urged his party colleague to “find” a few thousand votes to correct the result in Georgia in his favor. Raffensperger had steadfastly refused.

Midterms in the United States: Ron DeSantis may soon be catching votes across the United States, not just in Florida - as a potential presidential candidate instead of Donald Trump.

Ron DeSantis may soon be catching votes across the United States, not just in Florida – as a potential presidential candidate instead of Donald Trump.

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Also the victory of the Republican and Trump rival Ron DeSantis in neighboring Florida is notable. Not so much because of the fact that the fiercely conservative politician was re-elected; that was expectable. But rather how and where he won. For the first time in 20 years, a Republican has taken the majority in Miami-Dade County, with the Latino-dominated metropolis of Miami. That strengthens him for a potential duel with Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

In New York, the Democrats almost lost their victory

From the point of view of the Democrats, two other important races went well. In New York, Governor Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Lee Zeldin. The east coast state traditionally tends towards democrats anyway. But the conservative Zeldin, who professed his allegiance to Trump, proved to be serious competition. Hochul made a huge mistake by downplaying an issue that’s increasingly troubling people in New York: rising crime.

In Southwest New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham won. Although she was considered the favourite, the Democrats had feared that she too could become a victim of a change of mood. In neighboring Texas, on the other hand, the incumbent, the arch-conservative Republican Greg Abbott, also won. The Democrats initially had high hopes for Beto O’Rourke, but the liberal politician simply didn’t go down too well with the people of the state. The only glimmer of hope for the Democrats: O’Rourke did better than Abbott in the border districts with Mexico, which are particularly hard hit by illegal immigration.

As of Wednesday morning US time, four races are still open. In otherwise Republican Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly surprisingly conquered the governorship four years ago. Now she must fear for her re-election; it’s a head-to-head race. The Democrats must also tremble in the traditionally democratic state of Oregon on the west coast of all places. There, an independent candidate could cost Democrat Tina Kotek the crucial votes and help Republican Christine Drazan into office. Things are also getting tight in Nevada for Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat. His challenger is former Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo, a Trump man.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, Kari Lake, a former TV host, has become a true icon of the Trump right. She continues to claim that Trump was deprived of a deserved election victory in Arizona in 2020 and called for the state’s Secretary of the Interior to be arrested on voter fraud charges. This is Katie Hobbs, the Democratic contender for the governorship. A result was not yet certain in Arizona after election night.

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