Democrats and Republicans in 18 states have now set or tied their longest gubernatorial winning streak in party history.
Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin each had unusually close races for governor this cycle.
Newsom notches the third best showing among all non-incumbent candidates for governor since statehood and fifth best overall.
There were no blowouts, but Democrats managed to run the table for just the fifth time in 75 cycles since statehood, and the third time since the early 1890s .
The winning margins between the two parties in races for governor and U.S. Senate in 2018 may be the largest with a split ticket outcome in state history.
Over the last 60+ years, Alaska is the only state in the nation where governors have lost more bids for another term than they have won.
Prognosticators are split as to the vulnerability of this GOP-held seat, but there is no denying a win by the state senator would be a political earthquake in deep red South Dakota.
The political environment is in place to give Democrats their best chance to win in the deep red state.
Democrats and Republicans in six states have still never nominated a woman to its top executive office.
Wisconsin is one of four states to see each of its last five gubernatorial elections decided by single digits.