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Dems win gov. seat

Democrats picked up a governor’s seat Tuesday as voters in Missouri elected Attorney General Jay Nixon in an open race. In Indiana, voters re-elected Gov. Mitch Daniels Tuesday as the Republican easily turned back a Democratic challenger hoping to benefit from an expected strong turnout for Barack Obama.

The win in Missouri gave Democrats a momentary 29-21 edge in state capitals nationwide.

Among other incumbents, Democrats in Montana, West Virginia and New Hampshire won re-election by a wide margin, as did Republican governors in North Dakota and Utah. In Delaware, Democrat Jack Markell easily won the open seat.

Voters in 11 states were choosing governors, deciding close contests in North Carolina and Washington as Republicans tried to chip away at the Democrats’ slim majority of gubernatorial seats.

Tuesday’s races were a prelude to 2010, when four of every five states will elect governors who will help preside over the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts.

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