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Donald Trump sees mixed bag of wins, losses in close governor’s races

November 7, 2018

Trump-backed candidates in hotly contested governor’s races have highs and lows Wednesday morning, as the midterm dust settles on the polls.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker failed to secure a third term in office. His loss comes as a major victory for the Democrats and Tony Evers, a candidate with strong union support in the state. It’s a major shift for the state, where Mr. Walker embodied a GOP pushback to former President Barack Obama and President Trump won handily in 2016.

State Secretary of State Kris Kobach also lost in Kansas. The race was called early Tuesday night, handing Mr. Kobach, who served on Mr. Trump’s voter fraud commission, a solid defeat.

But all was not lost for Mr. Trump’s governorship goals.

Former Rep. Ron DeSantis overcame his Democratic rival Andrew Gillum in a tight race that came down to a few hundred votes.

Mike DeWine succeeded in keeping Republican control of Ohio’s statehouse, in a race slated as a toss-up in Cook’s Political Report.

The final results are still not out for two other key governor’s races.

Georgia is leaning red, with polls showing the state’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp still outpacing Stacey Abrams, though neither has declared victory or defeat as absentee ballots are still being counted.

Republicans also still have a chance at taking the governorship in Connecticut. Previously held by Gov. Dannel Malloy, Trump-endorsed Bob Stefanowski is still within striking district as precincts continue to report votes.

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