Democrats chip away at GOP dominance in state governments

Florida Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis talks at AJ’s Oyster Shanty on Okaloosa Island during his last campaign stop in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum casts his ballot as his wife R. Jai Gillum, second from right, and his son Jackson, lower left, looks on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. Gillum is running against Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Democrats took back the governor’s office in Illinois on Tuesday, their first victory in a nationwide strategy to consolidate power in their traditional strongholds and chip away at years of Republican dominance in numerous other state capitols.