Race to the Right: GOP Sweeps Governor Seats

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It's no surprise that there's Reid family drama in Nevada, even in the gubernatorial race. Republican candidate Brian Sandoval is expected to defeat Democratic candidate, Rory Reid, the son of newly re-elected Sen. Harry Reid, based on exit poll results. Sandoval will become Nevada's first Hispanic governor.

Preliminary exit polls show well-financed Republican Matt Mead, with family roots deep within Wyoming politics, expected to win over Democrat Leslie Petersen in what has been a heated campaign.

ABC News also projects Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam will claim victory in Tennessee over Democrat Mike McWherter, in what continues historically to be a strong red state. As expected, the former Knoxville mayor beat his opponent by double digits.

It was a similar story in Alabama and Utah, where ABC News projects Republican candidate, two-term state legislator Dr. Robert Bentley to beat out Democrat Ron Sparks, and incumbent Republican Gov. Gary Herbert held onto his seat against Democrat Peter Corroon, a former Salt Lake City mayor.

Republicans took 28 governorships after the 2004 elections, but only 22 spots after 2008, with runoff elections in New Jersey and Virginia in 2009 bringing the total to 24. Now it seems that GOP momentum will be carried through in 2010, a year when a record 37 governor seats were on the line.

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