Republicans seized control of numerous governor's, superintendent's and legislative offices. Some had railed against their opponents' education plans.
Scott defeated Democrat Alex Sink, who had voiced strong support for her state's successful Race to the Top application.
Republicans seize control of at least 18 chambers from Democrats and will hold the most state legislative seats they've had since 1928.
Rick Scott leads Alex Sink by a thin margin in the Florida governor's race, but we can't call the race yet.
Jerry Brown returns to the governor's office in California. Republican John Kasich wins in Ohio, and Nathan Deal beats Roy Barnes in Georgia.
Gov. Dave Heineman supported pay increases and retirement benefits for educators.
The Democratic governor has been a backer of his state's participation in the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Robert Bentley, a Republican, outlasts Democrat Ron Sparks to become Alabama's next governor.
The Democrat has pledged to slash his state's dropout rates and expand a program that lets high school students earn college credit.
The governor defeated Democratic challenger Bill White, the former mayor of Houston, the AP says, in what many saw as a surprisingly close contest.