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U.S. Governorships Break Both Ways


FILE: Kari Lake, Republican candidate for Arizona governor, speaks at her primary election night party, Aug. 2, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

UPDATED at 15:00UTC: Tuesday's voting for U.S. state governorships has produced mixed results - but several candidates strongly supported by Donald Trump have failed so far to ride his coattails to victory.

At 15:00UTC Wednesday, the outcome of several key races for state governorships have been determined - but others still hang in the balance of counting ballots.

One key race watched closely nationwide is the Arizona race, where Trump endorsed 2020 election denier Kari Lake is, with 66% of the votes counted, trailing Democratic incumbent Katie Hobbs by 50.3% to 49.7%

Another race where the former president put his endorsement is Pennsylvania, where with 93% of the votes counted, Democrat Josh Shapiro leads Republican Doug Mastriano by a strong 55.6% to 42.6%.

Nevada Republican Joe Lombardo leads the governor's race over Democratic challenger Steve Sisolak 50.2% to 46.2% with 70% of the votes counted.

Michigan incumbent Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer, with 88% of the ballots tallied, leads Republican Tudor Dixon 54.1% to 44.3%. The Associated Press has now "called" this race as a win for Whitmer.

In New York, Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul is leading Republican Lee Zeldin by 52.7% to 47.3% with 93 percent of the votes counted. The Associated Press has "called" this as a win for Hochul.

Georgia Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams has lost again to Republican incumbent Brian Kemp. With 98% of the votes counted, Kemp is ahead 53.4% to Abrams' 45.9%

Maryland's governorship is firmly in the hands of Democrat Wes Moore, who trounced his Republican challenger, Dan Cox, by 59.8% to 37.1% with 89% of the votes counted. Wes Moore becomes Maryland's first African-American governor.

This will be updated with additional information and race results as they become available.