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The South was for Republicans last week what the rest of the country was for Democrats. Republicans made some gains in state legislative seats leading to control of three new chambers (the previously tied Tennessee and Oklahoma Senates, plus the Tennessee House), but the overall net gain in seats was not overwhelming.
Hastings Wyman wraps it up:
The Republicans gained control of two chambers from the Democrats -- the House of Representatives in Tennessee and the state Senate in Oklahoma. Thus, when the legislatures convene in January, Republicans will have a majority in seven of the thirteen state senates (FL, GA, KY, OK, SC, TN & TX), while Democrats will control six (AL, AR, LA, MS, NC & VA). On the House side, the GOP will have the upper hand in seven chambers (FL, GA, OK, SC, TN, TX & VA); the Democrats in six (AL, AR, KY, LA, MS & NC). Nationwide, the Democrats gained five legislative chambers, the GOP gained three, including Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Overall, however, the partisan breakdown of Southern legislatures changed little. Southwide, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans gained three state senate seats and three state house seats.
And in South Carolina, for the first time since Reconstruction, an African-American Republican has won a seat in the state's House of Representatives.
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