Republicans fall short in another governor's race

MIKE BAKER Associated Press Published:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Republicans have fallen short in another gubernatorial race, all but dashing the party's hopes of gaining control of significantly more governors' office across the nation.

Democrat Steve Bullock was elected governor in Montana on Wednesday. That left only one undecided governor's race -- in Washington state, where Democrats were in position to extend nearly three decades of control. Democrats have already fended off GOP challengers in Missouri, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Delaware and Vermont.

Republicans did pick up the governor's office in North Carolina and defended the seats they held. But they had targeted four seats for potential takeover. Eight of the 11 state gubernatorial races involved Democratic incumbents.

Because Washington state votes entirely by mail, the result may not be known for days.