Kentucky: Andy Beshear (D) narrowly won KY-Gov, carrying the normally red Cincinnati suburbs and much of Coal Country, while Republicans swept the downballot row offices.
Mississippi: It was a clean Republican sweep, with Tate Reeves (R) winning MS-Gov and the GOP winning all row offices. Republicans picked up a net 3 seats in the State Senate (SDs 5, 8, 37, and 48 going R while Dems picked up SD-22.) The lone bright spot for Dems was breaking even in the State House, with two flips each way (LD-40 and 64 R->D and LD-12 and 122 D->R.) Republicans also took a 2-1 majority on both the Public Service Commission and Transportation Commission; the GOP picked up the Central District’s PSC seat from Dems, while Dems picked up the Central District Transportation Commissioner seat from the GOP.
Virginia: Democrats won both houses of the state legislature for their first trifecta in 26 years, although their majorities (55-45 in the House and 21-19 in the Senate) aren’t as large as a worst-case scenario type of night could have brought. Democrats held all their seats and flipped SDs 10 and 13 and LDs 28, 40, 76, 83, 91, and 94.
Mayors: Incumbent Sylvester Turner (D) seems to have narrowly missed winning Houston‘s mayorship without a runoff; he will head on to a second round with Tony Buzbee (R). Brandon Whipple (D) defeated scandal-plagued Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell (R). Incumbents Dave Beiter (D) in Boise and Frank Cownie (D) in Des Moines were forced into runoffs with their D challengers, Lauren McLean (D) and Jack Hatch (D) respectively. In good news for the GOP, Republicans held the other two big-city mayoral seats they were defending outside Wichita, as ex-Rep. Mike Coffman (R) was elected Mayor in Aurora, CO, and Nadine Woodward (R) held the open seat in Spokane.
Elsewhere: Republicans made gains in South Jersey seats for both houses of the New Jersey Legislature, flipping SD-1 and the four State Rep. seats in LD-1 and LD-2. Democrats flipped a single legislative special, MO-LD-99, while the closely-watched TX-LD-28 will go to an R vs. D runoff. In New York State, Adam Bello (D) narrowly ousted Monroe County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo (R), while the GOP narrowly flipped back the Hempstead town supervisor race in Nassau County. And it looks like the Libertarian Party may have its most significant office win in memory as Mike Korchak (R), a Republican running only on the Libertarian line, looks to have scored a narrow win as DA in Broome County, NY against both Dem and GOP opponents….