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UPDATED: Democrats Pick up Missouri Governor’s Seat

By Michele McNeil — November 04, 2008 1 min read

If Democrats can hang on to the governor’s seats Washington State, then they’ll have a good night in the statehouses because they picked up Missouri.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, a Democrat who campaigned on improving college affordability (along with a host of other issues), beat Republican Kenny Hulshof by a fairly wide margin.

This is a blow for voucher advocates, who had a friend in outgoing Gov. Matt Blunt, a Republican, who decided not to seek re-election.

Before tonight, Democrats held 28 governors’ seats. They’ve held onto Delaware, New Hampshire, Montana, West Virginia, and North Carolina (an open seat, which former teacher and Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue won in a tight race). Republicans held onto Indiana, Vermont, North Dakota, and Utah. We’re still waiting on Washington State.

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