In terms of pure control of Congress, the Republican victory emanating from this week’s midterm elections seems to be limited largely to the House. However, it is important to note that the completion of the U.S. Census in 2010 will mark the need to adjust to demographic shifts through redistricting. As Republicans have won a number of key strategic positions throughout the country, the real effect of Tuesday’s victory will be felt for years to come.
In Redistricting Year, GOP Gains a Big Edge
With the completion of the 2010 Census, it will soon be time for states to redraw their congressional districts, and while different states will do this differently, Republicans have gained a big edge by taking over legislatures and governorships across the country.
Republicans picked up 680 state legislative seats across the U.S. on Tuesday night, Hotline OnCall’s Jeremy Jacobs reports, far surpassing the 472 seats Republicans gained in 1994.
And by the Republican State Leadership Committee’s count, the GOP flipped control of 19 state legislative bodies in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
GOP wins in governors races have, as Jacobs notes, yielded 15 states in which Republicans achieved the redistricting “trifecta,” controlling both state legislative chambers plus the governor’s mansion. The GOP also will control Nebraska’s governorship and its unicameral legislature.
Which means the impact of the 2010 elections will be felt for the next 10 years.