By Heather Perkins, CSG Membership Data Manager
Republicans won the two governor’s races on Tuesday’s ballot, both in states won by Democrat Barack Obama in last year’s presidential race.
Former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell defeated Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds by double digits—59 percent to 41 percent—to reclaim the Virginia governor’s office for Republicans.
In New Jersey, incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine lost the governor’s office to Republican Chris Christie 49 percent to 45 percent. Christie is a former U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey. Christie’s running mate, Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, will now become New Jersey’s first lieutenant governor.
The losses shrink the Democrats’ advantage in governor’s offices to 26 to 24.
It was a clean sweep for Republicans in Virginia, where the GOP won all three executive races on the ballot.