"After running for months against the Washington ruling establishment, a host of Tea Party-backed candidates won election yesterday and promptly faced the challenge of transitioning from a boisterous political campaign to finding common ground in Congress to deal with a massive debt they vowed to control," the Boston Globe writes, adding that "the movement also faced some setbacks" like in Nevada, Delaware and West Virginia.
The Wall Street Journal: "Republicans took control of governors' mansions across the country, including a close contest in swing state Ohio and a victory by a tea-party favorite in South Carolina. The GOP flipped at least a half-dozen states that had been governed by Democrats, racking up wins across the Midwest, notably in Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma and, in the West, Wyoming. Republicans also took over governors' seats in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and New Mexico and looked poised to pick up wins in Iowa and Florida as well.
The New York Times on the national implications of those state races: "States are preparing to carry out their once-a-decade redrawing of political districts — for the House and state legislatures — based on United States census counts collected this year, and many of these new governors will have important roles in deciding what those maps look like. Going into Election Day, Democrats held 26 governorships, while Republicans had 24. Following most midterm elections after the arrival of a new president, the party in power in the White House typically loses some governorships, but the changes on Tuesday appeared to go deeper."
The Washington Post on the reason why some concession speeches, including that in the California governors' race, came later than others: "At 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET Wednesday), former Republican governor Pete Wilson took the stage at the "victory" party of apparently defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and informed the crowd at the Hilton Universal hotel ballroom that an insufficient number of votes had been counted for Whitman to concede. 'I recall several long nights,' Wilson said. 'But you know something. Those nights ended the right way. I never lost. And I think that is what we are facing tonight.' He said the secretary of state's computer had crashed."
FLORIDA: "Florida's governor's race pitting Republican Rick Scott against Democrat Alex Sink for governor is proving to be a cliffhanger. Scott, a healthcare mogul, held an edge in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, but Sink refused to concede by saying `we're going to let the people of Florida -- all the people of Florida -- have their voices heard.'"
NEVADA: The Las Vegas Sun characterizes voters' sentiment about their choices in yesterday's Senate and gubernatorial race as "a joyless slog, like needing a new car but only having the budget to trudge through a used car lot in search of something that runs... The Reid toxicity carried over to [Sen. Harry Reid's] son Rory Reid, the Clark County commissioner running for governor as a Democrat."
The waiting is the hardest part: "Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is leading Dino Rossi (R) by just more than 1 point, but the winner in the vote-by-mail state may not be known for weeks," CQ writes. "A spokesman at the Washington secretary of state’s office projected that as much as 40 percent of the total vote is not yet in. Envelopes needed only to be postmarked by Nov. 2."