A few noteworthy state-level results 

Alabama: Republicans flipped the state House and Senate for the first time since reconstruction.

Arkansas: Perhaps this will be the last Southern state to realign. Democrats still control everything the state government and easily kept the governorship, despite a red tide on the federal ticket. But this election still changed a lot. Currently, the state House is 72D-28R. In January, it will be 55D-45R. The Senate is 27D-8R right now, but it will be 22D-13R.

Arizona: Republicans have built two-thirds majorities in both houses.

California: Voters chose to give a non-partisan commission control of redistricting, which could mean (shock!) there will actually be competitive races in California next decade.

Colorado: Republicans are hoping to re-take the state House, which they would control by one vote. The outcome hangs on the result of a very close race in which the Republican leads by about 220 votes.

Delaware: Wave? What wave? Democrats gained two seats in the state House but lose one in the state Senate.

Florida: The GOP picked up veto-proof majorities in both houses. A redistricting ballot initiative is going to complicate the lives of legislators, certainly spurring court challenges.

Indiana: GOP gained 11 seats and control of the state House, expanded to a veto-proof Senate majority.

Iowa: Republicans seized the state House but fell short in the Senate.

Maine: Ouch! People expected Paul LePage, R, to win, but no one saw a GOP takeover of both houses of the legislature coming.

Michigan: Republicans gained 21 seats to take control of the state House. They also expanded their Senate majority to just short of three-fourths.

Minnesota: Overcoming huge margins, Republicans won back the state House majority they had lost in 2004, picking up 25 seats. Even bigger news was the flipping of the state Senate from blue to red with a huge 16-seat gain. The governor’s race remains undecided, with Democrat Mark Dayton in the lead. If no winner is declared by January 4 then Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R, must stay in office until his replacement is finally certified. (Sounds like a good time for spending cuts.)

Missouri: Republicans expanded their majorities in both chambers. The Senate is veto-proof, and they came up three votes shy of veto-proofing the House as well.

Nevada: Bolstered by Harry Reid’s turnout operation, Democrats narrowly held the state legislature.

New Hampshire: Democratic Gov. John Lynch was re-elected, but Republicans established veto-proof majorities in both houses of the state legislature.

New York: Results aren’t in yet, but Republicans are counting on a takeover of the state Senate. If they fail, it could be curtains for the state party when redistricting begins.

North Carolina: The GOP took both houses of the state legislature and did it running away. The Democratic governor has no veto power over redistricting, so they will be in a position to create at least two House pickup opportunities for next time.

Oklahoma: Republicans just expanded their majorities to two-thirds in both houses.

Ohio: Republicans swept all statewide races: Governor, Auditor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Treasurer. They also took back the state House, giving them firm control of the entire state government, and just in time for redistricting.

Oregon: Republicans fell just short in their bid to take over the state House, but they might have gotten a tie. The Senate is still pending — a tie is the best the GOP can hope for.

Pennsylvania: Republicans won the governorship and took back the state House, giving them control of redistricting. The tea party mood was in evidence: An attractive young lawyer defeated the Democratic House majority leader. Republicans will also benefit from having some new blood in the leadership: the Republican former speaker of the House, who faces corruption charges, was defeated in his Philadelphia district.

Texas: Democrats had been talking about a state House takeover. Sorry, Republicans gained 24 seats and will control redistricting.

Washington: Still counting, Republicans have a shot at winning the state Senate if all three outstanding races go their way.

West Virginia: Again, what wave? Democrats lost two seats in the state House, but gained two in the state Senate.

Wisconsin: Serious Democratic carnage here, as Republicans took over the governorship and both houses of the legislature, picking up 14 seats in the state House.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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