Post Congressional Election

November 30, 2010

The aftershocks of the Democratic shellacking

By Ed Lasky

Congressional-Election-AftermathThe ripples from the Republicans painting the country red on Election Day continue to spread among the states. The sweep that brought Republicans to power in many states (the party picked up 690 seats in state legislatures — and counting) will have manifold benefits far beyond the issue of redistricting.

Among the aftershocks from the political earthquake are defections of  state Democrats from the party of Obama, Reid and Pelosi and their conversion into Republicans.

The Washington Post reports that Republicans continue running up the score even after the election as state Democrat politicians become Republicans:

Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party’s final indignity this year. At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near.
The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party – particularly in the South – and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps….
Twenty-one state legislative chambers in 16 states moved into GOP hands this year, and for some Democrats keeping a seat at the table means trading a “D” for an “R.” Others, like Mike Millican of Alabama, one of those who joined the GOP last week, say that as the national Democratic Party has moved to the left, they’ve found themselves more in line with the Republican Party’s political ideology…
This was a wave election,” said Tim Storey, an elections expert with the National Conference of State Legislatures. “So you will probably see that wave continue with even more Democrats moving over as the impact of the election settles in.”
Republicans now control both chambers of the state Legislature as well as the governorship in 21 states.

In a few Southern states (Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana), the GOP vote share among white voters is now approaching 90%.  Close to 80% in Georgia and South Carolina.  In some areas in the South, Dems are surviving only through transplant voters from the north — especially in suburban areas in  Virginia,  North Carolina, and Florida.

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