Republicans won governorships from Democrats in Michigan, Pennsylvania and at least nine other states, capitalizing on economic discontent to take a majority of U.S. statehouses.
The party won Midwestern presidential battlegrounds held by Democrats, including Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio, with promises to reduce spending and stoke the economy. With results still pending in three states, Republicans emerged from the 37 races yesterday to hold at least 29 offices, regaining the dominance they lost four years ago.
The candidates were aided by voters who delivered a rebuke to the policies of President Barack Obama in congressional elections that gave Republicans control of the U.S. House and weakened Democrats’ hold on the Senate.
“Republican control of the majority of 2012 swing states is a major roadblock to the President’s re-election and a repudiation of his policies,” said Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. “These states are the bellwethers of the nation.”