FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney during a rally at Tidewater Community college in Chesapeake, Va. Republicans are in position to extend their recent gains among governors as they compete for seats they haven't won in a quarter-century. Of the 11 states with gubernatorial elections, eight are now led by Democrats, and each of the most competitive races is a GOP pickup opportunity. The numbers suggests that Republicans soon will claim 30 to 33 governorships after holding just 22 a few years ago _ an advantage not reflected in the divided Congress or competitive presidential race. "It says that when people are choosing the government closest to the people, they're choosing Republicans," said McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "They realize the CEO of the state has got to be someone who's fiscally conservative and is going to focus on jobs." (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney during a rally at Tidewater Community college in Chesapeake, Va. Republicans are in position to extend their recent gains among governors as they compete for seats they haven't won in a quarter-century. Of the 11 states with gubernatorial elections, eight are now led by Democrats, and each of the most competitive races is a GOP pickup opportunity. The numbers suggests that Republicans soon will claim 30 to 33 governorships after holding just 22 a few years ago _ an advantage not reflected in the divided Congress or competitive presidential race. "It says that when people are choosing the government closest to the people, they're choosing Republicans,"  said McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "They realize the CEO of the state has got to be someone who's fiscally conservative and is going to focus on jobs." (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney during a rally at Tidewater Community college in Chesapeake, Va. Republicans are in position to extend their recent gains among governors as they compete for seats they haven't won in a quarter-century. Of the 11 states with gubernatorial elections, eight are now led by Democrats, and each of the most competitive races is a GOP pickup opportunity. The numbers suggests that Republicans soon will claim 30 to 33 governorships after holding just 22 a few years ago _ an advantage not reflected in the divided Congress or competitive presidential race. "It says that when people are choosing the government closest to the people, they're choosing Republicans," said McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "They realize the CEO of the state has got to be someone who's fiscally conservative and is going to focus on jobs." (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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