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Election Update 2016: Governors Races

The MultiState Election Team has been hard at work following state and local elections, including all 12 gubernatorial contests. With six open seats, we're guaranteed to see new faces, but the big question is whether there will be significant changes in partisan control. As of this late morning after election day, here is where the nation's governorship's stand:

Early in the evening, Delaware stayed in the Democratic column, with John Carney (D), currently the state's lone U.S. House member, winning the governorship.

Heading west to Indiana, where incumbent Governor Mike Pence (R) chose to run as the GOP Vice Presidential nominee over seeking reelection in Indiana, Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb (R) defeated former House Speaker John Gregg (D).

In West Virginia, Governor and former long-time Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin (D) was term limited, and billionaire Jim Justice (D) defeated Senate Leader Bill Cole (R) to keep the governor's mansion in Democratic hands.

North Dakota, a solidly Republican state, will see former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum (R) replace outgoing Jack Dalyrmple (R).

In a race that was a little closer than expected, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) appears to have held off a challenge from Greg Gianforte (R).

In Vermont, which is heavily Democratic but not infrequently elects a Republican for the state's top office, Lt. Governor Phil Scott (R) defeated Sue Minter (D).

The New Hampshire race was too close to call late last night, but New Hampshire's Chris Sununu (R) has defeated Colin Van Ostern (D). Both were vying to replace Maggie Hassan (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate (a race that is still too close to call, although Hassan is in the lead over U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R)).

Moving south, the tightest race of the night might be North Carolina, where incumbent Pat McCrory (R) is fighting for his job against Attorney General Roy Cooper (D). As of now, with 100% of precincts reporting, Cooper leads by 4,772 votes.

In Missouri, where incumbent Jay Nixon (D) was term limited, Attorney General Chris Koster (D) was defeated by former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens (R) to bring the state back under GOP control.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) easily cruised to victory to hold the state for the GOP. Democrats held on to the governorships in Oregon and Washington, where Kate Brown (D) and Jay Inslee (D) have been re-elected by healthy margins.

Check back as we'll be updating results as they roll in.

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