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Dems expected to gain in governors' races
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are expected to make significant gains in governors' races on Tuesday, including wins in several battleground states that could give the party an early edge in the 2008 White House race.

Republicans are defending 22 of the 36 governors' offices up for grabs on Tuesday, including nine where the Republican incumbent is not on the ballot. Democrats must defend 14 governorships but only one without an incumbent.

The lopsided political map, and a harsh national climate for Republicans, have Democrats primed to pick up at least the four governorships needed for a national majority and possibly several more. Republicans hold 28 governors' offices to 22 for Democrats.
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