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U.S. governors look to woo dissatisfied voters

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 01:26

More than 30 U.S. governors' races will be decided Tuesday with over a dozen considered too close to call and hot-button issues like gun control figuring in some races. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Gubernatorial candidates mark the end of the campaign trail... by casting a vote for themselves. More than 30 U.S. governor's' races will be decided in the coming hours. Over a dozen of those are still too close to call. Hot button issues hung over the governor's races -- from gun control to abortion restrictions and in some races, healthcare. But for many voters, the economy is the central issue. Analysts say an uneven economic recovery could be the undoing for incumbents in Kansas and Pennsylvania, where voters are holding their governors accountable for fiscal woes. And there's a strong anti-incumbent mood. At polls in Florida, some voters said they'd be voting to punish Republican Governor Rick Scott. His 3 percent payroll fee -- previously paid for by employers -- has left some state workers disgruntled. And in Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett, who's been criticized for cuts in education and rising pension costs, is trailing badly. He could become the first incumbent governor in the state's history to lose his bid for a second term. Party control of governorships will be crucial in the race for the White House in 2016. That's when Presidential hopefuls will use the governors to help build support -- state-by-state - as they vie for a possible nomination.

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U.S. governors look to woo dissatisfied voters

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 01:26