Palin-Backed Female Candidates Win Gov. Races

Three states voted their first female governors into office Tuesday. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk about the new executives of South Carolina, New Mexico and Oklahoma — all Republican women endorsed by Sarah Palin.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And here's one of the notable developments from yesterday's elections: three states elected female governors for the first time. The winners are Nikki Haley in South Carolina, Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Mary Fallin in Oklahoma.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Now, Nikki Haley is Indian-American and Susana Martinez is Hispanic, and they will be the first female governors of color in this country. All three women are Republicans and all three were endorsed by Sarah Palin.

MONTAGNE: However, a number of women who Palin backed in Senate races went down to defeat, including Sharron Angle in Nevada, Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, and Carly Fiorina here in California.

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