Updated at 9:05 p.m.
-- Former state Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan will be New Hampshire's next governor, replacing retiring Democratic incumbent John Lynch. Hassan defeated Republican Ovide Lamontagne, who narrowly lost the the Republican primary for the state's open Senate seat in 2010, 60 percent to 37 percent. The race was called by the Associated Press with 12 percent of precincts reporting. The campaign, like the presidential race, turned largely on fiscal issues, with Lamontagne questioning Hassan's commitment to not seek new revenue from famously tax-averse New Hampshirites as governor. But Hassan was buoyed by Lynch's popularity in the state, noting his support in her closing television ad. Hassan was able to successfully tie Lamontagne to national Republicans on social issues, particularly gay marriage and abortion, warning voters that they should not trust the "extreme" Republican.
[8:40 p.m.] -- Republicans have picked up a gubernatorial seat in North Carolina, with former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory defeating Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. With 24 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race with McCrory leading Dalton 54 percent to 44 percent. McCrory, who lost to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue by four points in 2008, found retribution on Tuesday night. Dalton, who got a late start when Perdue announced her retirement in January, has trailed in public polling throughout the race. Following the state's first female governor, McCrory's election is historic in its own right: He is the first Charlotte mayor to be elected as the state's chief executive and will be the first Republican to occupy the governor's mansion in decades. Former GOP Gov. James Martin left office in 1993.
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