By Daniel Strauss
The battle over the House majority has taken center stage in Washington. But Democrats face another critical test at the state level in 2018, with the party hoping to rebuild its power in governor's mansions around the country after several years of decline.
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Republicans hold 33 governorships, to just 16 for Democrats, heading into 2018 — but that could change rapidly next November. The political environment looks bad for the GOP, and the current governors are term-limited in a number of key states, giving Democratic candidates an opportunity to run for open seats in blue states like New Mexico and Maine. The party has also been energized by the opportunity to win seats at the table in the next round of redistricting, which was controlled by Republicans in most states the last time congressional and state legislative district lines were drawn, in 2011 and 2012.
Republicans still have some opportunities to expand though, eyeing both Connecticut and Alaska — the only state with an independent governor — as pickup opportunities in 2018. Here are POLITICO's 10 governorships most likely to change parties in the 2018 elections ...