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November 04, 2010

The Down Ticket Tidal Wave

It's been discussed here and there, but let's take a moment to ponder the significance of what happened in Tuesday's elections at the state level.

Death and destruction, that's what happened.

680 seats picked, bigger than the 94 Republican wave (472), bigger than the post-Watergate Democrat wave (628).

Not since 1928 have Republicans controlled this many state legislatures.

Here's a pretty map.

Ace hit the numbers early Wednesday morning. The ramifications are going to be felt for years, first with post-census redistricting. States that have been growing in population are largely in Republican hands (for example, Texas will pick up at least 3 House seats and very likely a 4th, while California is going to lose seats may lose one seat* for the first time in 50 years).

So, barring the (fewer than we had before) Dem state reps high-tailing it for Oklahoma to avoid a vote on new district maps, this is, what's the word I'm lookin for?

Friggin huge.


UPDATE: Sorry, CA projection was from an LAT article I read from 09 but can't find, so I'll call loose shit on me. Current projections I can find say it stays static like this one.


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posted by Dave In Texas at 08:36 PM

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