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Eight of this year's 11 governor's races have already been called.
In Vermont, incumbent Republican Jim Douglas is leading with 56 percent of the vote (44 percent of precincts reporting). He's way ahead of his two challengers but needs to finish above 50 percent to avoid the election being formally decided by the state House.
In North Carolina, Lieutenant Governor Bev Perdue is looking surprisingly strong against Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. She leads 50-47, with 75 percent of precincts report. So far, she's carrying Mecklenberg County, home to Charlotte, 52-46, with 128 of 195 precincts reporting.
In about 40 minutes, we'll begin the process of counting votes in Washington State, where Democrat Christine Gregoire faces a tough rematch against Dino Rossi, a former state senator.
No surprises elsewhere. Republicans John Hoeven of North Dakota, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Jon Huntsman Jr. of Indiana all won reelection, as did Democrats John Lynch of New Hampshire and Brian Schweitzer of Montana.
Two new Democratic governors will be sworn in -- Jay Nixon of Missouri and Jack Markell of Delaware. Nixon's win represents the one party switch thus far tonight.
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