Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Politics Is Local UPDATED

Our maps in the post below don't tell it all. What about the state houses?

Found through Instapundit.

RedState, Erick Erickson:

The real story is the underreported story of the night — the Republican pick ups at the state level.

There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.

The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. Yes, that is Eighteen Seventy.

The Alabama Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876.

For those saying this is nothing because it is the South, consider these:

The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures have flipped to the GOP by wide margins.

The State Houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, and Colorado flipped to the GOP.

The Maine and Minnesota Senates flipped to the GOP.

The Texas and Tennessee Houses went from virtually tied to massive Republican gains. The gains in Texas were so big that the Republicans no longer need the Democrats to get state constitutional amendments out of the state legislature.

These gains go all the way down to the municipal level across the nation. That did not happen even in 1994.

This was a tsunami.

Another un-reported benefit from yesterday's election:

It appears Wisconsin has the votes to go from the most restrictive gun-rights state to our next Shall Issue (concealed carry) state. Illinois too, perhaps?


We asked fellow ushanka wearing John Lott about the Concealed Carry opportunities in Wisconsin and Illinois. And he replied!

Wisconsin seems safe for concealed carry with solid Republican wins at all levels.

Illinois will depend on who wins the governor's race right now (the Dem is very slightly in the lead) and they have kept the state legislature. But the legislature is more Republican and they could have passed something before.

Here is a link to his post-election blog post. Congratulations Wisconsin!

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