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2014 Elections Wave

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 7, 2014

SUE-NAM-EE! – Also known as one big mother of a wave. In politics it looks like this:

U.S. Senate – Republicans held 45 seats in the Senate on November 3, 2014. The next day, Election Day, they added 7 members taking control of the Senate with a 52 – 48 majority. That number will likely grow to 54 once the Louisiana runoff election on December 6 is over and the Alaska vote is finally tallied November 19th.

U.S. House of Representatives – Already in the majority, the GOP added at least 13 more in a historic sweep. Results in over a dozen races are yet to be finalized but Republicans are expected to win several of them. Democrats managed to win only one Republican held seat.

Governors – Republicans lost just one incumbent (Pennsylvania) but picked up 4 including Blue states of Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland. Two races are undecided. Vermont will remain in the Democrat column. In Alaska, the incumbent Republican governor currently trails a Republican turned Independent challenger who was endorsed by Sarah Palin. The net gain of 3 gives Republicans 31 (32 counting Alaska) out or 50 governors.

State Legislatures – Republican victories in Senate, House and governor elections showed how wide the wave was but the state legislative races demonstrated the depth. As reported in the International Business Times

“In this week’s election Democrats lost their majorities in legislative chambers in Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and West Virginia. In all, NCSL reports that there are 67 legislative chambers controlled by Republicans and just 29 controlled by Democrats. Republicans gained seats in every region, adding up to 375 seats to their column. That gives the GOP more than 4,100 of the country’s 7,383 legislative seats.”

Now the way Tsunamis work is the first wave is followed by a second one.

Bring on 2016.

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