Democrats wrest power away from Republicans at the state level

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The Democratic victories in Kansas and MI will break up Republican trifectas. And in Kansas, Democratic state lawmaker Laura Kelly defeated Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a close ally of Trump.

In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum lost his attempt to become the state's first black governor, suffering a narrow defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis in a racially charged contest that drew national attention.

Democrats took back the governor's office in IL on Tuesday, their first victory in a nationwide strategy to consolidate power in their traditional strongholds and chip away at years of Republican dominance in numerous other state capitols.

While much of the focus on Tuesday is on which party wins control of the U.S. Congress, Republicans and Democrats are battling across the country for state-level power, which can help them support or resist Trump's agenda on issues such as healthcare, gun control and gay rights. Kemp is now at 50.5 percent; if he dips below 50, the race goes to a runoff.

By 2 a.m. EST, Kemp held a three-point lead, but Abrams told her supporters that she expected a runoff once all votes were counted. "We are still on the verge of history, and the best is yet to come".

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded to his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, less than an hour after polls closed.

The races in Florida and Georgia were seen as a test of whether liberal candidates could prevail in Southern states, where centrist Democrats have repeatedly lost, by appealing to a coalition of young and minority voters. Obama swooped in to boost the Democrats, and media star Oprah Winfrey visited Georgia on behalf of Abrams.

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Democrats, playing catch-up after a net loss of 13 governorships and more than 900 state legislative seats during the eight-year Obama administration, fielded their largest slate of legislative candidates in more than three decades.

Republicans entered Tuesday's election with a sizable advantage, controlling two-thirds of the 99 state legislative chambers and 33 governors' offices.

"The eyebrow-raiser will be if Democrats pick up a South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma - these sort of very, very red (Republican) states", Duffy said, noting local dynamics, rather than national politics, were mostly responsible for Republican weaknesses.

Democrats likely will gain full control in IL and New Mexico by winning the governor's races.

The outcome of elections for state positions could also affect future control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican Bill Schuette, upending years of Republican control in the state. And it will nearly certainly influence how states redraw congressional districts after the 2020 census.

"Laura is the only choice to lead Kansas and end the Brownback-Kobach experiment for good", Sebelius said before the vote, tying Kobach to former Gov. Sam Brownback, whose administration dug the state into a deep financial hole before he left the post to become the USA ambassador at large for worldwide religious freedom.

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