Aftermath: GOP makes big gains in state legislatures, governors

posted at 10:55 am on November 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

While people understandably focused on the Congressional races in the midterm elections, the change in the states may be more profound and have more impact on future Congresses, as well as on the upcoming 2012 presidential race.  Republican incumbents didn’t lose a single gubernatorial race last night and the GOP picked up ten seats overall in those races.  They also dominated the legislative races in the states, winning control in more than a dozen states.

First, the executive races:

The wave swept a diverse batch of GOP winners into office, including a Latina in New Mexico, a Latino in Nevada and the daughter of Sikh immigrants in South Carolina.

The GOP pickups were a major blow to President Barack Obama on an already tough night. In addition to Ohio and Iowa, Republicans seized the executive mansions in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma. More than half of the states will be keys to his reelection.

Democrats only got one pickup, California, although Rick Scott hasn’t officially completed his win in Florida.  If Alex Sink makes up the 50K vote deficit she currently has in the final 10% of precincts left to count, that would be a second pickup.  The race in Oregon is closer than Florida, with only 40K votes separating Republican Chris Dudley and former Democratic governor John Kitzhaber.  Republican Paul LePage narrowly leads in Maine as well.

The broad change complicates matters for Barack Obama.  Losing Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kansas, New Mexico, and especially Michigan and Iowa eats into Obama’s base of support in a general election, and potentially even in a primary, although Obama does better on the coasts anyway.  If a Democrat rises out of the Midwest to challenge Obama from the right (Evan Bayh) or the left (perhaps Russ Feingold?), Obama may have a tough time surviving it.

Meanwhile, Obama’s party is heading for hard times, thanks to a major shift in legislative control just as redistricting begins in earnest:

A bad night for Democrats Tuesday got even worse at the local level: Republicans were on the verge of winning nearly all 17 of the state legislative chambers they had originally set out for on Tuesday, some for the first time in decades, a shift that puts the GOP in the driver’s seat when the congressional redistricting process begins early next year.

The GOP gains were most significant in the Midwest, where the party picked up state House majorities in the Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and were within striking distance of capturing legislatures in the highly-prized electoral battlegrounds of Michigan and Wisconsin. But Republicans also gained control of both chambers of the New Hampshire and North Carolina legislature, and took the Alabama legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

The New Hampshire win was a windfall for Republicans, who picked up more than 120 seats to flip the House while also snatching away the Senate, earning a seat at the redistricting table with Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat who narrowly won a fourth term. And the Buckeye State win gave the GOP a measure of revenge: they lost control of the House to Democrats in 2008 by just a handful of seats.

Coupled with wins at the gubernatorial level, the GOP takeovers of those state legislatures means Democrats will be out in the cold when new congressional districts are drawn with 2010 census data.

Before considering the redistricting issue, this demonstrates that the wave was both wide and deep last night.  The message from voters wasn’t just in response to Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obana, but to the entire Democratic Party and its direction.   This will also mean that Republicans will have a deeper bench in future Congressional races, making it even more difficult for Democrats to reverse their losses in the near- to mid-term.

That’s not what worries Democrats the most, though, about future Democratic prospects in the US House.  These legislatures have to redraw Congressional districts this year, which means that the politics of each district will change.  Some Democratic incumbents may be forced to run against each other in order to survive in 2012, and in these states at least, Republican districts will become easier to defend.   That will be especially important in battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.

This may be the biggest victory for Republicans from last night, and perhaps the longest-lasting.


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Sink actually conceded Florida. We keep that one.

KingGold on November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Don’t count out Illinois yet.
Brady could still take the governor’s mansion.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Democheat Alex Sink just conceded to Republican Rick Scott in Florida Governor race.

Enoxo on November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Alex Sink conceded to Rick Scott a few minutes ago.

Babino on November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Just cuz it’s news:
Sink has conceded to Scott in FL gov race, and
the Denver post has called CO for Bennett (senate).

pambi on November 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM

The GOP held onto the state senate as well. Wonder whose district they’ll eliminate when the districts are reapportioned after the census. PA appeared likely to lose a House seat.

Wethal on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

LOL you guys are SOOO fast !!
Four posts as I typed up mine… HAHA.

pambi on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

We’re keeping score brother!

bhawknine on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

I almost feel sorry for the Demoncrats. Almost. Oh wait. Nope. It was just a tinge of gas. ;)

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

What’s the over/under on democrat state legislators hiding out of state to prevent quorums this time around?

trubble on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Thank you Mr. Ogabe! Alabama goes Republican in Montgomery for the first time in 136 years!! We couldn’t have done it without ya!!

AubieJon on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

People vote for what they can vote for. They gave the GOP the house to stop the socialist, and gave them redistricting to send him home for good in 2012.

Vashta.Nerada on November 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Democrats only got one pickup, California

Haahahahaa

You dumb Californians. Jerry Brown? Really? Well we know he got the pro-pot vote that is for sure.

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Great night.

blatantblue on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

The GOP held onto the state senate as well. Wonder whose district they’ll eliminate when the districts are reapportioned after the census. PA appeared likely to lose a House seat.

Wethal on November 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Hopefully Alcee Hastings’ large district. Somehow the crook pulled over 70% of the vote.

Enoxo on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Alabama has a Republican Majority in both State Houses for the first time in 136 years.

A filibuster proof majority at that. Let the redistricting BEGIN!!!

Elizabetty on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

In Florida Sink has now officially sunk and Jennifer Carroll becomes the first African American to occupy one of the two top spots!
But the 2 dems redistricting amendments passed with over 60%. Because now all of the sudden they care about how the districts are drawn.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Democrats only got one pickup, California

And, in all likelihood, Minnesota.

strictnein on November 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

WI legislature did turn Red last night.First time in 72 years that all 3 flipped.

Gracelynn on November 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

THIS IS A BIG EFF’IN DEAL!

HondaV65 on November 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The national scene was the wave, and the state legislatures were the undertow.

And naturally, the pro-Democrat media doesn’t want to talk about it. They want to talk about the Senate. Wonder why.

Good Lt on November 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

What a night. I dreamed we started to take our country back and what do you know — it came true!!

LASue on November 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The state-level tsunami bypassed IL. It is IL v. CA in who can go down the sh!tter first.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

WOOHOO!!!! SCOTT WINS IN FLORIDA!!!!!!! I hope his running mate won Lt. Gov.

Another GOP star is born!

What Ed Rollins said last night on CNN should also be included in this thread: The Republican Party now has a huge new stable of stars in these Governors, to go with Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie. We now have four GOP governors who are minorities, in states with very large minority populations. I know you guys don’t like the racial bean-counting, but the MSM does, and they took notice of this last night.

Meanwhile, the two big Democrat winners in the states were old white retreads Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo. Not people their national party can get excited about at all.

The 2012 RNC convention is going to look a hell of a lot more like America than the DNC’s will.

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I’m still trying to figure out what is it about 14.5% unemployment that the people of Nevada like. Thanks guys.

Here in PA, we did our part.

fogw on November 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

How Rick Snyder beat Pete Hoekstra & Mike Cox in the primary is still a big mystery to me. He would not even return the Right to Life questionnaire but he did pick Brian Calley for Lt. Governor who did have the Right to Life endorsement. MI. certainly went from blue to red in my district. The incumbent Dem lost to a landscaping contractor who owns his own business.

fourdeucer on November 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Republicans picked up the state assembly, governorship, US Senate seat and 4 house seats in PA last night (and held state Senate).

Pretty good night.

forest on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Actually, I think the CA results are magical for the Repubs and/or conservatives. The Californians deserve what they are going to get (including Nebraska in the PAC 10). When this state fails, it will be all on their heads. Without a repub on top to take the blame, it is all theirs. I don’t think a repub House of Representatives will bail them out.

Old Country Boy on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

WI legislature did turn Red last night.First time in 72 years that all 3 flipped.

Gracelynn on November 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Jealous seeing everything go red while IL stays blue. Call us the Dead Sea.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

First African American in Florida history?

I think she may also be the first African American WOMAN to hold one of the top two spots in all of America!

Elizabetty on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

By the way, if you haven’t watched this, YOU MUST.

Hi. Lari. Ous.

http://t.co/tq5Oo40

And more evidence for my thesis: GB radio show > GB TV show.

Good Lt on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The state-level tsunami bypassed IL. It is IL v. CA in who can go down the sh!tter first.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Is this before or after New York dives in headfirst?

KingGold on November 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

including Nebraska in the PAC 10

Old Country Boy on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Utah & Colorado => Pac 10 (Pac 12)
Nebraska => Big Ten

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

You dumb Californians. Jerry Brown? Really? Well we know he got the pro-pot vote that is for sure.

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

For the record here, my county (San Diego) went Whitman 50.5%/Brown 43.8% and Fiorina 51.3%/Boxer 43.1%. Lop out LA and SF and you have a pretty red state.

Patrick S on November 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

It would be even more meaningful if we repealed the 17th Amendment so that state legislatures selected Senators.

DrMagnolias on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

We’re still waiting for the Governor race outcome in CT to see if there’s any salvaging the very disappointing (but not terribly surprising) Dem sweep. Once again, Bridgeport – the armpit of Connecticut – had “ballot problems.” [rolls eyes]

Logic on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Hey, at least the ‘rats took California away from that rock-ribbed conservative Ahnold.

I’m thinking Whitman losing was a good thing, there is no way she could have manhandled the state legislature to get anything done. It’s all demorat now and Moonbeam gets to put his theories back into practice.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Still so shocked about Minnesota. We haven’t done anything this cool like EVER!

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Also, Prop 20 passed in California, so congressional districts will no longer be drawn by the legislature.

Mark1971 on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Georgia handily retained Republican governor, even though the race was predicted to go to a runoff. For the record, I held my nose to vote for Nathan Deal.

Now Georgia is deep deep red:

Georgia Republicans on Tuesday finished the job they started in 2002: consolidating control of state government by sweeping every major statewide office.
For the first time since Reconstruction the state is poised to have no statewide-elected Democrats.
With most of the votes in Georgia counted Tuesday night, the Republicans held leads in races for U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, insurance commissioner, secretary of state, state school superintendent and agriculture commissioner. The party was also poised to gain one, possibly two additional congressional seats, giving it a potential 9-4 majority in the state’s delegation to the U.S. House.

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I am so proud of my home state, NH, for what the voters did with the democrats by tossing them aside and electing a 3:1 house majority, wrestle control away from the dems in the senate, and to control all five of the very important Executive Council seats. It shall be interesting to see how our “moderate” 4 term D governor deals with these significant losses within his party.
And a BIG shout out to Bruce MacMahon of Rockingham-10 on beating his democrat opponent the first time out. You are gunna do your district and this state proud.

rslancer14 on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Good Lt on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I hurt myself listening to Pat this morning.

I agree with you, cannot stand to watch the TV show and hate to miss the radio program.

Elizabetty on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I think I’ll treat myself to a peppermint mocha latte today.

and I’ll walk into that starbucks

and look at all those liberals on their macs (i use apple too :X shhh)

and ill go

YEA RED WAVE B!TCHES. RED WAVE.

blatantblue on November 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Still 7 undecided Governor seats. It would be great if the Republicans picked them all up.

Dr Evil on November 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Kansas Sam Brownback easily won the keys to the Kansas governor’s office and led a Republican wave that looked to RETAKE ALL OF KANSAS’ STATEWIDE OFFICES Tuesday, delivering CONSERVATIVES A MAJOR VICTORY AND… ENDING DEMOCRATS HOLD ON STATE LEADERSHIP

canditaylor68 on November 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Is this before or after New York dives in headfirst?

KingGold on November 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

IL will dive in before NY to give you a preview of what state bankruptcy is like.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Hey, at least the ‘rats took California away from that rock-ribbed conservative Ahnold.
I’m thinking Whitman losing was a good thing, there is no way she could have manhandled the state legislature to get anything done. It’s all demorat now and Moonbeam gets to put his theories back into practice.
Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

As long as they don’t look to the rest of us to bail them out when their Socialist-Oppressive agenda crashes and burns.

Chip on November 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

And everyone find a map of the Governors and take a nice long look at it. Republicans from the East Coast (New Jersey and Virginia, Connecticut, maybe even Maine) all the way across the country to California, and maybe we get lucky and take Oregon too. Coast to coast! Next year we will add Kentucky too. This is a BIG F’ING DEAL.

Regardless of what happens in Washington, we are going to get a big heaping helping of Republican governance in these states, and they need it badly. What is 2012 going to look like for Obama when we can show all these effective GOP governors, balancing their budgets, reining in public employee unions, rejecting big-spending make-work crap like the New Jersey tunnel, getting small businesses going again and creating jobs. Especially while California and New York go into the crapper behind their idiot Democrats.

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

THIS IS A BIG EFF’IN DEAL!

HondaV65 on November 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Yes. Today’s biggest under-the-radar story.

Bat Chain Puller on November 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Oh, good, Scott won Florida. It was a nailbiter to go to sleep and not know this.

Scott H on November 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Note to Ma’am and Jerry: the next congress will NOT bail out California so you’re on your own.
Hugs & Kisses,
America

Branch Rickey on November 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Lop out LA and SF and you have a pretty red state.

Patrick S on November 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
– Thomas Jefferson

Change Europe to CA or IL.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The state races will have a bigger effect on 2012 than the Congressional races. Esp. FL, OH, PA.

Tony737 on November 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Tony: Not that Rubio, West, and Webster don’t make a very nice Congressional sweep in FL. ;)

Scott H on November 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

It was such a great night to be a FL GOPer. Every statewide office and even bigger supermajorities in the legislature. 5 + 6 sucked but all they call for are fair districts. If you look at the map right now, most districts in FL fit well for their geography. There will have to be changes in the lines from Orlando to Jacksonville. They’ll have to totally redo the lines in Broward and Palm Beach, but really much of the current map is geographically fair. The dems will litigate though. It’s just that FL is now becoming super Red at the statewide level. And I can’t tell you how much it means to have Scott on TV than Sink for the next four years.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on November 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

The NYGOP is a JOKE.

What they did to real conservative candidates was ridiculous.

We came within two points of eliminating Congressman Tim Bishop!!!! Two points!!!!!

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blatantblue on November 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

This California resident is currently looking for jobs out of state. This election was the turning point for me. It’s time to go.

pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I think I’ll treat myself to a peppermint mocha latte today.

and I’ll walk into that starbucks

and look at all those liberals on their macs (i use apple too :X shhh)

and ill go

YEA RED WAVE B!TCHES. RED WAVE.
blatantblue on November 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

ROFL!!! Can we get video of that? :D

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Also, Prop 20 passed in California, so congressional districts will no longer be drawn by the legislature.

Mark1971 on November 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Seriously???? Who will draw them?

This has been on the ballot at least 5 times and never won. I’m shocked that it won this year. Traditionally the unions and environmental groups spend millions to defeat this proposition..Maybe they just spread themselves too thin this year defending Brown and Boxer.

If you look at the elctoral map of California, you can see that we may pick up a few seats in the House with an honest redistricting there. Bob Filner can certainly kiss his ass goodbye, and probably Susan Davis too.

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Pretty big deal in North Carolina. :)

Bee on November 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Jealous seeing everything go red while IL stays blue. Call us the Dead Sea.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Brady’s holding a presser in about 15 minutes. This doesn’t sound good.
Oh…and quit complaining.
You’ve got newly elected Rep. Capt. Adam Kinzinger.
The inbred parasites in my district relected Triple J with 70% of the vote.
They would probably vote for Heinrich Himmler if he were Black and had a ‘D’ in front of his name.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The New Hampshire win was a windfall for Republicans, who picked up more than 120 seats

A tiny state like NH has that many seats in its state legislature?! What on earth for?

jwolf on November 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I was actually MOST thrilled about these interior victories !
Cannot WAIT to watch these states ‘go Christie’ on those hell-holes, and watch them profoundly recover, to the utter confusion and dismay of the Dems !
snort

pambi on November 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

They way it looks now is that this election was more of a Riptide than a Tsunami. The Democratic state offices got caught in the current. And whereas a Tsunami goes up over the top to get you, a Riptide sucks you under from below.

The rapid movements of rip currents return a substantial amount of water to the oceans and they often carry a great deal of sediment as they tear through the shoreline. They are also responsible for many deaths, as swimmers can become caught in the strong, moving waters, which carry them toward the open ocean.

Lily on November 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

The governor’s race in OR looks to be going to the Dem retread. So basically CA and Oregon are about to have Dem governors who have already held that job. I frankly am glad. The people here are too stupid and too duped to believe that a Democrat or liberal policies can make the economy sink. The other reason i’m glad is what has already been said, I don’t think Whitman or Dudley could have successfully dealt with these loony libs.
I guess the people need more misery, voted for it and they deserve it.

ORconservative on November 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Now the republicans need to gerrymander the hell out of their districts, and we’re golden for 2012.

Rebar on November 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Hehehehe. Watch what happens in Pennsylvania. Republicans here are the masters of gerrymandering. Mark Critz can forget about keeping his seat, and Dems can forget about knocking off Jim Gerlach. If we lose a seat in the House you can bet your house it will be a Democrat seat.

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

This California resident is currently looking for jobs out of state. This election was the turning point for me. It’s time to go.
pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

The same goes for those in NY, get out while you can.

Chip on November 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

This California resident is currently looking for jobs out of state. This election was the turning point for me. It’s time to go.

pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Good for you!!!! Get out while the gettin’s good. California is a beautiful state, and it breaks my heart to see so many voting in line to see it’s destruction, without care, or concern for it’s citizens.

Good luck to you, where ever your journey leads you. :)

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

^^^I am very worried that Allen West might not have his district for 2012. It’s very badly drawn to fit along the coast; the only conservative area in those two counties. The question if his district goes, does he go against Nelson!

TimTebowSavesAmerica on November 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I would not get too excited about redistricting in any of the states of the Old South…remember that the Voting Rights Act (IIRC) means Obama’s Feds will stick their nose in a lot easier than they can do so anywhere else.

A Balrog of Morgoth on November 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM

By the way, something I noticed last night?

Scott Brown and Chris Christie can get nobody elected but themselves. Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut went blue in a big way. We only took one House seat, and lost shots at two governorships and a Senate seat.

KingGold on November 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM

TimTebowSavesAmerica on November 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Florida should be gaining House seats, right? Should not be too hard to keep his district drawn favorably.

A Balrog of Morgoth on November 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

And, the Democrats may get a pick-up in governorship in Minnesota. The SoS will do his damndest (again) to ensure that.

notropis on November 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

How Rick Snyder beat Pete Hoekstra & Mike Cox in the primary is still a big mystery to me. He would not even return the Right to Life questionnaire but he did pick Brian Calley for Lt. Governor who did have the Right to Life endorsement. MI. certainly went from blue to red in my district. The incumbent Dem lost to a landscaping contractor who owns his own business.

fourdeucer on November 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM

State-wide, Michigan is completely red now. The Senate was already red, and the House and Governorship were turned last night. Not to mention the two conservative Supreme Court elections. Snyder has no excuse not to turn this hole into a thriving state once again.

ConservativeLawStudent on November 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The same goes for those in NY, get out while you can.

Chip on November 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Ditto for Illinois.

While I’m what the left would call ‘uneducated trailer-trash’, my husband has a white collar job…that doesn’t pay jack. I’m really going to start pushing him to send out resumes-OUT OF STATE!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

You dumb Californians dumb liberal Californians. Jerry Brown? Really? Well we know he got the pro-pot vote that is for sure.

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

..easy chum, there are some sane people out here who busted our asses to try and stop this. But I have to confess that we will NOT be praying for him to save this state and, when it goes under, we will NOT be recommending that they go hat in hand to the remaning 56 states for help.

The real drama will be when he goes to the unions asking for pension cuts and to the tax payers and asks for a pay raise. It’ll be painful for we conservatives but we will do our duty ~~ with an eye on 2014.

You auditioned for and got the job, Moonbeam, now deal with it.

The War Planner on November 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Tony: Not that Rubio, West, and Webster don’t make a very nice Congressional sweep in FL. ;) – Scott H

I didn’t mean to downplay the national wins, I should’ve said the tate races will be EVEN bigger :-) The national wins were pretty exciting … I played ”humpbot” with Mrs.737 as soon as the new Speaker of the House gave the big speech! haha

HotHeads! Repeat after me! … FORMER … Speaker of the House … Nancy Pelosi!!! hahahahaaaaaa

Tony737 on November 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

And, the Democrats may get a pick-up in governorship in Minnesota. The SoS will do his damndest (again) to ensure that.

notropis on November 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

But the GOP has both the house and senate heh :)

gophergirl on November 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The broad change complicates matters for Barack Obama.

If things don’t improve, don’t you think this sets Hillary up for a challenge to Obama? You don’t think she has given up on being the first female president, do you?

ramrants on November 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Two local news outlets have called the Maine race for Paul LePage. The Maine GOP now controls the legislature and the Blaine House.

Honestly never thought I’d see that.

Slublog on November 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

And, the Democrats may get a pick-up in governorship in Minnesota. The SoS will do his damndest (again) to ensure that.
notropis on November 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Still, it would be Dayton who couldn’t find his own azz with a flashlight and a map, and he will be blocked by a fully-GOP state legislature. He doesn’t have the political chops to nuance his agenda, his entire campaign theme was literally “I will raise taxes on the rich”.

That isn’t going to fly.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

rockmom on November 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

A couple of years ago a proposition was past that established a citizen’s commission to draw boundaries for state legislature districts. Now this same commission will be responsible for congressional districts. There was also a prop on the ballot last night that would have repealed the previous prop that established the commission. It didn’t pass.

Mark1971 on November 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Oh…and quit complaining.
You’ve got newly elected Rep. Capt. Adam Kinzinger.
annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

While Adam is good. Having the Dems still controlling the levers in IL means NO meaningful long-term pension reform will occur. Real estate values in this state will fall as all surrounding states become more fiscally responsible and we in IL go down the rabbit hole.

In short, the state government effects my wallet and assets more than the federal government.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

So with all these new states under red control, can we expect more of them to refuse to initiate ObamaCare? The federal government would have to go to legislative and legal war with 2/3 of the nation.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

This California resident is currently looking for jobs out of state. This election was the turning point for me. It’s time to go.

pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Good for you!!!! Get out while the gettin’s good. California is a beautiful state, and it breaks my heart to see so many voting in line to see it’s destruction, without care, or concern for it’s citizens.

Good luck to you, where ever your journey leads you. :)

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I’ve tried to do my part. I ran for city council in 2009 and lost to a two term incumbent. I infiltrated the hyper-progressive community organizing machine in my city to shed light on the roaches. I’ve gone door to door in my precinct trying to educate people. It just seems that the productive citizens have already left and all that’s left are the leeches. (That’s a generalization, I know, but you get the point).

What’s the line between being a quitter and knowing when getting out is wise?

pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Ditto for Illinois.
While I’m what the left would call ‘uneducated trailer-trash’, my husband has a white collar job…that doesn’t pay jack. I’m really going to start pushing him to send out resumes-OUT OF STATE!
annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

All one has to do is look over at Europe to see where those states are going – it’s not going to be pretty.

Chip on November 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

What’s the line between being a quitter and knowing when getting out is wise?
pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Ask the commander of Dien Bien Phu.

Bishop on November 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

I see Ohio suing the Fed over Obamacare early next year.

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

A Balrog of Morgoth on November 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Believe me, there’ll be a major battle in drawing the broward, palm beach lines. West’s district probably doesn’t pass the amendments test, but who knows.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on November 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

In short, the state government effects my wallet and assets more than the federal government.

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

My son heads to college in 2012.
Believe me, I’m concerned.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Texas is a Red State, but the GOP only had a 4 seat majority in the House––before yesterday. By my count the GOP has captures 21 more seats (at least) for 25 seat majority. My state rep was one of the unlucky Dems…awwwwww :)

Everybody has been talking how well Texas is doing in these bad times adding more jobs than any other state etc. etc. So doesn’t it seem that the Dems in the legislature would do ok? Guess again, D’rats! It’s Donkey season in Texas and no bag limit!

cartooner on November 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

In Florida Sink has now officially sunk and Jennifer Carroll becomes the first African American to occupy one of the two top spots!
But the 2 dems redistricting amendments passed with over 60%. Because now all of the sudden they care about how the districts are drawn.

Zaggs on November 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I forgot all about Jennifer Carroll until I saw a clip last night from their FL rally. She’s military veteran (Navy?) from Jacksonville, I think.

Black Americans need to start seeing faces like her rather than faces like Rangel and Maxine Waters and Clyburn.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

What’s the line between being a quitter and knowing when getting out is wise?

pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

In my opinion, the answer is….smart!

It’s what Rush did…when taxes in NY kept going up. Hannity has mentioned that while he loves NY, he’s considering packing it up as well. With Cuomo now in the big seat, I imagine it’s only a matter of time before taxes go up again…and watch the exodus.

capejasmine on November 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

What’s the line between being a quitter and knowing when getting out is wise?
pugwriter on November 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

It has to be last night – the people that put moonbeam back in office should be considered clinically insane.

Sometimes it better to retreat and fight the good fight from a better position.

Chip on November 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I’m really going to start pushing him to send out resumes-OUT OF STATE!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

IN passed its property tax cap amendment. 1% of assessed home value. Property taxes in IN will be 50% or more lower in IN than IL.

So fricken jealous!!

WashJeff on November 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I see Ohio suing the Fed over Obamacare early next year.

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

AG elect DeWine is a weasel, but I voted for him largely because of that. He was the only question mark I had going into Tuesday. Then, I remembered the Obamacare suit promise. Bingo.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Politico just called the Maine gubernatorial contest for LePage and the GOP – so that’s good, too.

Inkblots on November 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Have fun protecting your seats via redistricting!

Maybe once that’s done you’ll drop the pretense of being the “transparent, ethical” party?

ernesto on November 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

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Everybody has been talking how well Texas is doing in these bad times adding more jobs than any other state etc. etc. So doesn’t it seem that the Dems in the legislature would do ok? Guess again, D’rats! It’s Donkey season in Texas and no bag limit!

cartooner on November 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Now start upgrading those U.S. Senators. Yes, in Ohio, we have to do something about Sherrod Brown in 2014. But we traded up with Rob Portman replacing squishy George Voinovich.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM

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