Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper wins slim re-election

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has narrowly won re-election, offering a rare bright spot for Democrats in what has otherwise been a disastrous midterm election for the party.

With about 93 percent of the vote counted, Hickenlooper led by about 22,000 votes, leading the The Associated Press to call the race for the Democrat. The Denver Post called the election for Hickenlooper earlier Wednesday morning.

Hickenlooper's win came despite Republican Cory Gardner winning the state's Senate race by a robust four-point margin.

Republicans were still the big winners in gubernatorial contests nationwide. The GOP picked off four governors' mansions, while Democrats picked up just one. Alaska's gubernatorial race is still too close to call, though a "unity" ticket between an Independent and Democratic candidate held the lead after the initial vote count.