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2010 Governors' Races Results - The Winners and Losers


11. Idaho 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter
Running for reelection

RESULTS - Incumbent Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter easily won his bid for a second term as Idaho's governor against Democrat Keith Allred, an activist and lobbyist " who spent five years building a nonpartisan citizens group into a force with clout in the Legislature," per the Idaho Statesman newspaper.

Gov. Otter served four terms as Idaho Lieutenant Governor. Otter boasts of being "champion of free enterprise, limited government, private property rights, civil liberties, state sovereignty, personal responsibility, and fiscal accountability."

The final tally was 59% for incumbent Republican Otter, 33% for Democrat Allred, and 6% for Independent Jana Kemp.

12. Illinois 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Democrat Pat Quinn
Running for reelection

RESULTS - In a very close race, Democrat Pat Quinn narrowly defeated ultra-conservative, pro-life Republican Bill Brady, state legislator since 1993.

Gov. Quinn served Illinois as Treasurer from 1991 to 1995, and Lieutenant Governor from 2003 to January 2009.

The final electoral count in Illinois' 2010 gubernatorial election was 47% for Democrat Quinn, 46% for Republican Brady, and 5% for two other candidates. Only about 20,000 votes out of more than about 3.7 million votes separated Quinn and Brady.

13. Iowa 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Democrat Chet Culver
Running for reelection

RESULTS - Incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver was soundly defeated Republican Terry Branstad, who served as Iowa governor for four terms, from 1983 to 1999.

In 2006, 40-year-old Culver was elected Iowa Governor with 54% of the vote. In 1998, he was elected Secretary of State at age 32, then the youngest in the nation.

Republican Branstad won largely due to the unpopularity of the Democratic agenda, especially health care reform legislation and jobs creations.

Red-state Iowa's final gubernatorial election tally was 53% for Republican Branstad and 42% for Democratic incumbent Culver.

14. Kansas 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Democrat Mark Parkinson
Ineligible for reelection

RESULTS - In November, retiring Republican two-term Sen. Sam Brownback, a respected religious conservative, easily defeated Democrat Tom Holland, a member of the Kansas legislature since 2003.

The final count in red-state Kansas was 63% for Republican Brownback and 32% for Democrat Holland. Most votes for Holland were cast in Kansas City and its suburbs.

15. Maine 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Democrat John Baldacci
Ineligible for reelection

RESULTS - In a heatedly close election, Tea Party Republican Paul LePage, mayor of Waterville, a town with about 16,000 residents, won over several other candidates, including Democrat Elizabeth Mitchell, Maine Senate President.

Until 2010, Maine hasn't elected a Republican governor since 1992.

The final tally was:

  • 38% for Tea Party Republican Paul LaPage
  • 36% for Independent Eliot Cutler
  • 19% for Democrat Elizabeth Mitchell

16. Maryland 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Democrat Martin O'Malley
Running for reelection

RESULTS - Incumbent Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley prevailed over Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, who O'Malley also defeated in 2006 by seven points for the governorship.

O'Malley is the former mayor of Baltimore; Erhlich, governor from 2003 to 2007, served four terms in the US House of Representatives.

The final tally in blue-state Maryland was 57% for Democrat O'Malley versus 42% for Republican Erhlich.

17. Massachusetts 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Democrat Deval Patrick
Running for reelection

RESULTS - Incumbent Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick won reelection over Republican Charlie Baker and Independent Timothy Cahill, state Treasurer who left the Democratic party.

Baker, CEO of for-profit Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1999 to 2009, was state Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1992 to 1994, and Secretary of Administration/Finance from 1994 to 1998.

Final electoral totals were 49% for Democrat Patrick, 42% for Baker, and 8% for Independent Cahill.

Health care and budgetary matters dominate the feisty debate largely because Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to adopt a mandatory health care system.

18. Michigan 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Democrat Jennifer Granholm
Ineligible for reelection

RESULTS - Democrat Virg Bernero, Lansing mayor strongly supported by labor unions, lost by a large margin to Republican moderate Rick Snyder, venture capitalist who won the Republican primary by "moving toward the middle and pulling in moderate Republicans, independents and even some Democrats," per the Boston Herald.

The final ballot box count was 58% for Republican Snyder, 40% for Democrat Bernero.

19. Minnesota 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Republican Tim Pawlenty
Not running for reelection

Candidates - Minnesota gubernatorial contenders include Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer, and Independent Tom Horner.

Democrat Mark Dayton retired after one term in the U.S. Senate, from 2001 to 2007. Dayton previously served as Minnesota State Auditor from 1991 to 1995. Dayton is heir to the Dayton Department Stores fortune, and has largely self-financed his political campaigns.

Republican Emmer, an entrepreneur, kids' hockey coach and parent of seven children, has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2004.

October polls show Democrat Dayton leading Republican Emmer by 5 points, with Independent Horner garnering 12% of the vote.

20. Nebraska 2010 Governor's Race

Incumbent: Republican Dave Heineman
Running for reelection

RESULTS - As expected in red-state Nebraska, incumbent Republican Gov. Dave Heineman trounced Democrat Mike Meister, an attorney and former United States Army JAG officer, by a large margin, in the Republican's bid for reelection.

The final count was 74% for Republican Heineman, 26% for Democrat Meister.

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