This is very impressive:
Republicans took control of at least 19 additional state legislative bodies Tuesday for a total of 26 in which the party controls both chambers, compared with 21 for Democrats and with three still up for grabs. Among these are legislatures in Alabama and North Carolina that had not seen elected Republican majorities since the Reconstruction elections of 1876 and 1870, respectively. Those that argued just two years ago the GOP was in danger of becoming a Southern regional party were proved resoundingly wrong as state legislative chambers in New Hampshire, Maine, Wisconsin and Minnesota flipped to GOP control. Republicans even made major inroads and could end up on top of legislative bodies in Oregon and Washington. Republicans won 16 of 30 races for state attorney general, taking five such offices away from Democrats, pulling within four of their opponents’ total. The GOP also won 17 of 26 secretary of state races, a gain of six, giving the party a 25-22 edge (three states don’t have such offices).
We often pay so much attention to the national picture that we forget the nitty-gritty of local governing. But these and other grass roots changes are exceedingly important.
The above results directly affect Congressional redistricting as well. Yesterday I wrote a post that featured a map of Barney Frank’s gerrymandered district in Massachusetts; that won’t change, since the Democrats continue to control that state. But others will, and don’t underestimate the importance of that fact. Redistricting can only take place every 10 years. Now, thanks to this election, Republicans can influence many more of the districts that go up to make the House of Representatives.
How many? This many according to the Washington Examiner: 197 districts for Republicans vs. 49 for Democrats, with the remaining 189 either with split influence or decided by other means, such as a special commission.
Not a bad result for a day’s work, don’t you think?
[HAT TIP: Instapundit.]