In Redistricting Year, GOP Gains a Big Edge

With the completion of the 2010 Census, it will soon be time for states to redraw their congressional districts, and while different states will do this differently, Republicans have gained a big edge by taking over legislatures and governorships across the country.

Republicans picked up 680 state legislative seats across the U.S. on Tuesday night, Hotline OnCall's Jeremy Jacobs reports, far surpassing the 472 seats Republicans gained in 1994.

And by the Republican State Leadership Committee's count, the GOP flipped control of 19 state legislative bodies in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

GOP wins in governors races have, as Jacobs notes, yielded 15 states in which Republicans achieved the redistricting "trifecta," controlling both state legislative chambers plus the governor's mansion. The GOP also will control Nebraska's governorship and its unicameral legislature.

Which means the impact of the 2010 elections will be felt for the next 10 years.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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