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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, U.S., September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Democrats keep governor’s seats in New York, Pennsylvania

Democrats have retained the governor’s offices in New York and Pennsylvania.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defeated Republican Marc Molinaro on Tuesday to win election to a third, four-year term. No Republican has won a gubernatorial race there since 2002.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf won a second term by turning back Republican challenger Scott Wagner.

Wolf’s victory will ensure Democrats have a role in the next round of congressional redistricting after the 2020 Census.

Redistricting has been a hot topic in Pennsylvania, where the state Supreme Court earlier this year threw out the congressional maps drawn by the Republican-led state Legislature after the 2010 Census. The high court ruled the boundaries were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and ordered new districts for this year’s elections.

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