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Democrats Make Gains in Statehouses, a GOP-Led Territory

Early results show flips to Democratic control in Michigan, Minnesota, and Republicans poised to keep the overall advantage

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, becoming the first woman elected to lead New York State. She became the Empire State’s first female governor last year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Democrats gained ground in state legislatures in the upper Midwest while also adding to their ranks of states in which they maintain control over all branches of government, though Republicans maintained their overall statehouse advantage, early election results show.

Key flips for Democrats included both legislative chambers in Michigan and the Senate in Minnesota, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. Incumbent wins by Democratic governors in those states, plus pickups in the Massachusetts and Maryland governors’ races, mean Democrats have so far added to their tally of states in which they control all three branches of government.

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