Governor’s Races

Okay…I’m a little late to post this, but I’m in Arizona and I wanted to wait until a few more decisions had rolled in. Here’s what we’ve got so far:

Wisconsin – Scott Walker (R) defeated Tom Barrett (D)
California – Jerry Brown (D) defeated Meg Whitman (R)
South Carolina – Nikki Haley (R) defeated Vincent Sheheen (D) (the first female in the state’s history, first Seikh, second Indian American)
Colorado – John Hickenlooper (D) defeated Tom Tancredo (R)
Texas – Rick Perry (R) defeated Bill White (D) (completely unexpected)
New York – Andrew Cuomo (D) defeated Carl Paladino (R)
New Mexico – Susana Martinez (R) defeated Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D)
Oklahoma – Mary Fallin (R) defeated Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D)
Nevada – Brian Sandoval (R) defeated Rory Reid (D) (spawn of Harry loses to the state’s first Latino governor!)
Maryland – Martin O’Malley (D) defeated Robert Ehrlich, Jr. (R) (not surprising – most of the state’s residents are government employees and their economy is doing quite well)
Massachusetts – Deval Patrick (D) defeated Charles Baker (R)
Ohio – John Kasich (R) defeated Gov. Ted Strickland (D)
Rhode Island – Lincoln Chafee (I, former R) defeated John Robitaille (D)
Georgia – Nathan Deal (R) defeated Roy Barnes (D)
Tennessee – Bill Haslam (R) defeated Mike McWherter (D)
Alabama – Robert Bentley (R) defeated Ron Sparks (D)
Iowa – Terry Branstad (R) defeated Chet Culver (D)
Michigan – Rick Snyder (R) defeated Virg Bernero (D)
Pennsylvania – Tom Corbett (R) defeated Dan Onorato (D)
New Hampshire – John Lynch (D) defeated John Stephen (R)
ARIZONA (my current base) – Jan Brewer (R) defeated Terry Goddard (D) (YES!!!)
Idaho – C.L. Otter (R) defeated Keith Allred (D)
Utah – Gary Herbert (R) defeated Peter Corroon (D)
Wyoming – Matt Mead (R) defeated Leslie Petersen (D)
South Dakota – Dennis Daugaard (R) defeated Scott Heidepriem (D)
Nebraska – Dave Heineman (R) defeated Mike Meister (D)
Kansas – Sam Brownback (R) defeated Tom Holland (D)
Alaska – Sean Parnell (R) trounced Ethan Berkowitz (D)
Connecticut – Tom Foley (R) defeated Dan Malloy (D)
Vermont – Peter Shumley (D) defeated Brian Dubie (R)
Illinois – Patrick Quinn (D) eeked out a win against Bill Brady (R) (quite literally by the skin of his teeth – by .3%)
Minnesota – Mark Dayton (D) also eeked out a win against Tom Emmer (by .4%)
Oregon – Chris Dudley (R) defeated John Kitzhaber (D)
Arkansas – Mike Beebe (D) trounced Jim Keet (R)
Hawaii – Neil Abercrombie (D) defeated James R. Aiona, Jr. (R)

What I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around is the near-complete loss by Democrats in Illinois. If that doesn’t send a message, I don’t know what will.