More on “the wave” – GOP picked up 680 seats in state legislatures
Not only did the GOP take over the House with over 60 seats (10 are still too close to call), and make significant gains in the Senate, Republicans also completely destroyed the Marxist Democrats in state legislatures races. According to Hotline On Call, Republicans picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures — the most in the modern era. In the 1994 GOP “wave”, Republicans picked up “only” 472 seats. The 680 seat pick up by Republicans destroyed the previous high which was in 1974 after Watergate when Democrats gained 628 seats!
The GOP gained majorities in at least 14 state house chambers. They now have unified control — meaning both chambers — of 26 state legislatures.
That control is a particularly bad sign for Democrats as they go into the redistricting process. If the GOP is effective in gerrymandering districts in many of these states, it could eventually lead to the GOP actually expanding its majority in 2012.
Republicans now hold the redistricting “trifecta” — both chambers of the state legislature and the governorship — in 15 states. They also control the Nebraska governorship and the unicameral legislature, taking the number up to 16. And in North Carolina — probably the state most gerrymandered to benefit Democrats — Republicans hold both chambers of the state legislature and the Democratic governor does not have veto power over redistricting proposals.