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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Red Tsunami Sweeps State Legislatures As Well, GOP Picks Up 680 (Most of the Modern Era)

While most of the attention Tuesday was given to the national elections, there were significant gains made and records broken by the GOP in the state elections, as well:

Republicans picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures -- the most in the modern era. To put that number in perspective: In the 1994 GOP wave, Republicans picked up 472 seats. The previous record was in the post-Watergate election of 1974, when Democrats picked up 628 seats.

The GOP gained majorities in at least 14 state house chambers. They now have unified control -- meaning both chambers -- of 26 state legislatures.

That control is a particularly bad sign for Democrats as they go into the redistricting process. If the GOP is effective in gerrymandering districts in many of these states, it could eventually lead to the GOP actually expanding its majority in 2012.

Republicans now hold the redistricting "trifecta" -- both chambers of the state legislature and the governorship -- in 15 states. They also control the Nebraska governorship and the unicameral legislature, taking the number up to 16. And in North Carolina -- probably the state most gerrymandered to benefit Democrats -- Republicans hold both chambers of the state legislature and the Democratic governor does not have veto power over redistricting proposals.

This is just another sign of how upset Americans are over the direction that the ultra-liberal Democrats have taken this country over the past two years. Obama better heed the voice and will of the American people or there will be a sequel to this year’s red tsunami: Red Wave Part Deux. The 2012 would be more devastating for the Democrats as more Democrats than Republicans will be up for re-elections in the Senate, and another wave would, no doubt, cost the Dems the Senate and, most likely, the White House, as well.

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