The Lingering Undertow of The November Tidal Wave

Prior to the November elections, the democrats knowing the bloodbath was coming, I had heard chatter some sitting democrats in the US Congress might switch to the GOP party after the waters settle. Will be very interesting to see, once the damage from the lame-duck session is over and the new people are sworn in.

In the meantime, the state level results of the elections, which were even more important wins for the GOP, the democrats defections have already begun in the state legislatures

ATLANTA – 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.

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Most of the party swaps are in the South, where GOP rule is becoming more entrenched and Democrats — many of them already more conservative than their counterparts elsewhere — are facing what looks like a long exile in the minority.

In Georgia, the GOP swept every statewide office this year and brought, in the words of state Rep. Alan Powell, “an effective end, at least for the foreseeable future, to the two-party system in state government.”

Powell, who served in the House for two decades as a Democrat from a rural district in North Georgia, joined the Republican caucus this month after concluding it would allow him to get off the sidelines and again be a player on key issues. The 58-year-old real estate agent has been outspoken in his criticism of both Republicans and Democrats and expects to maintain an independent streak in the GOP.

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.

In most cases, those who’ve jumped ship said the Democratic Party abandoned them — not the other way around.

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The changes in allegiance come after — and, in part, because of — big Republican statehouse wins across the country this election cycle.

“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.”

The GOP picked up a whopping 690 seats Nov. 2 — the largest shift since 1966, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition to the legislative chambers Republicans took from Democrats, an ongoing recount in New York will help determine which party controls the state Senate there.

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The shifts come as legislatures are set to begin the politically charged, once-a-decade process of redrawing congressional and legislative districts to reflect updated U.S. Census population estimates. Typically, the party in power gets the chance to preserve strongholds or change districts once considered safe for the other party, meaning Republicans can solidify their majorities.

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Yeah, they’ll be “RINOs” … But, heh!

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