GOP Expands Majority in Governors' Mansions
Republicans flipped North Carolina, a state that hasn't elected a GOP governor since the 1980s, expanding their national lead over Democrats at the statehouse level, according to CNN projections.

Eleven states held governors' races Tuesday. Democrats were defending eights seats, Republicans three.

By early Wednesday, CNN had projected winners in all but two of the elections. Washington and Montana -- both tight races -- remain to be called.

In North Carolina, Republican candidate Pat McCrory bested Walter Dalton, the sitting lieutenant governor, CNN projected.

McCrory, who will replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, would be the first Republican governor elected in North Carolina since 1988.

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"There's no doubt that the Republican Party's strength comes from the states, and the RGA's ability to expand our majority provides optimism for the future," said Republican Governors Association Chairman Bob McDonnell.

With their expected wins in North Carolina and the states they were defending, Republicans will have 30 governorships nationwide -- the highest number held by either party since 2000, according to the governors association. The all-time high for the GOP was 34 seats in the 1920s.

Such an advantage will fortify the Republican position against Democratic policies like Obamacare, and give them influence in Washington, even with Barack Obama as president.

Going into the election, Democrats held 20 governorships to the Republicans' 29. Rhode Island is held by an independent.

In other races, CNN projected that Democrats will retain control of the governors' mansions in West Virginia and New Hampshire. The race in New Hampshire to replace a popular outgoing governor was one of the country's most competitive.

Democratic governors in Vermont and Delaware -- Peter Shumlin and Jack Markell -- won re-election, CNN projected. Similarly, Republican incumbents in Utah and North Dakota -- Gary Herbert and Jack Dalrymple -- were projected to win.

In Missouri, Democrat Jay Nixon became the first governor there re-elected to a second term since 1996, CNN projected. In Indiana, CNN projected that Republican Rep. Mike Pence will fill the shoes of outgoing Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Here are snapshots of each race:


Gov. Jack Markell (D) vs. Jeff Cragg (R)

CNN has projected Democratic Gov. Jack Markell will be serving a second term, beating his Republican opponent, Jeff Cragg.

Delaware has become an increasingly reliable Democratic state and with the defeat of former Rep. Mike Castle in the 2010 U.S. Senate primary, the state now has no Republicans in statewide elected office. Cragg, a small-business owner from Wilmington was unlikely to change the GOP's fortunes, especially in a presidential election year with Vice President Joe Biden, a Delaware native, on the Democratic ticket.