FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2012, file photo, North Carolina Republican 

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2012, file photo, North Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory smiles after voting at a polling place in Charlotte, N.C. 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 in November, 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. North Carolina, the most likely state to flip, is trending toward a Republican governor for the first time since 1988. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2012, file photo, North Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory smiles after voting at a polling place in Charlotte, N.C. 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 in November, 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. North Carolina, the most likely state to flip, is trending toward a Republican governor for the first time since 1988. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
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