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Several gubernatorial races -– most of them tossups going into Election Day -- are proving to be extraordinarily close tonight.
In Ohio, initial reports project that Republican John Kasich will defeat incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland.
In the Maine gubernatorial race, Independent Eliot Cutler is neck and neck with Republican Paul LePage at 37 percent.
In Oregon, Republican Chris Dudley and Democrat John Kitzhaber were separated by 2,000 votes with 64 percent of the vote in.
In Illinois, Democrat Pat Quinn was leading Republican Bill Brady by just 11,000 votes with 93 percent counted.
In Florida, Democrat Alex Sink -- behind all night against Republican Rick Scott –- is now tied at 49 percent, with 88 percent of the vote counted (and some major Democratic areas left). That said, Scott is up by about 70,000 votes.
The good news for the Democrats is that Democrat Peter Shumlin has moved into the lead in Vermont over Republican Brian Dubie , 50 percent-47 percent, with 65 percent of the vote counted.
And in Minnesota, Democrat Mark Dayton was holding onto a seven-point lead in a three-way race with 80 percent of the vote counted.
But the Republicans can feel optimistic about keeping Connecticut in the fold, as Republican Tom Foley maintained a six-point lead over Democrat Dan Malloy with almost two-thirds of the vote counted.
And another GOP-held seat, Rhode Island, won’t be going to the Democrats. Instead, the seat appears to have been won by Independent Lincoln Chafee, who was the unspoken favorite of President Barack Obama.
No results are in yet from another toss-up race -- Hawaii. Nor are votes in from Alaska, where the Republicans are favored but not absolutely certain to win.
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