GOP's Scott Elected Governor In Florida; Update: LePage Wins Maine : It's All Politics Democrat Alex Sink concedes after one of the nation's closest and most expensive gubernatorial contests.
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GOP's Scott Elected Governor In Florida; Update: LePage Wins Maine

The number of Republican governors just increased by one.

In Florida just moments ago, Democrat Alex Sink conceded to Republican Rick Scott.

The St. Petersburg Times sums up the news this way:

Republican Rick Scott will be Florida's next governor. Robert Sullivan/Getty hide caption

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"Republican Rick Scott spent more of his own money than any politician in Florida history, but needed a wave of conservative activism to push him across the finish line early Wednesday morning in the closest governor's race in 16 years.

"Democrat Alex Sink conceded defeat about 10:30 Wednesday in a surprise announcement in Tampa. She had said she would wait until all votes were counted."

As of this moment, the GOP has won 22 of Tuesday's 37 gubernatorial races.

Update at 11:35 a.m. ET: "Republican Paul LePage, a Tea Party-backed candidate who's promised to trim state government and make it more business-friendly, has been elected governor of Maine," the Associated Press writes.