Large number of governors’ races grips both parties

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CHICAGO — For all the talk of midterm elections and control of Congress, the political parties are obsessing this year more than ever over the nation’s 37 races for governor.

The Republican Governors Association has already poured $11 million into these campaigns, and halfway through the year had raised $28 million — more than its entire budget for the 2006 election season — bringing its current reserves to $40 million.

The Democratic Governors Association says it intends to devote $50 million to these races, nearly three times as much as ever, and the Democratic National Committee has dedicated as much direct financing to governors’ races as it has to Senate and House campaigns.

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