Thursday, November 4, 2010

Republican Election Surge Hits U.S. State Houses

The recent election that gave Republicans control of the U.S. House of Representatives, will also lead to a change in state legislatures. This could lead to Republican control of Congress for the next decade.

Legislatures will soon be redrawing electoral districts for the U.S. House. This adjustment tends to favor the party in charge in each state. According to Tim Storey, an elections analyst at the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislators, Republicans will be in the best position to control congressional redistricting since modern remapping began in the 1970s. The Republicans heavy presence could allow them to preserve, or add, 15 to 25 U.S. House seats.

Republicans saw a net gain of at least 680 state legislatures. Election results so far have Republicans in charge of 54 legislative chambers, with Democrats controlling 38 and two chambers with a partisan split. 

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