November 3, 2004


GOP takes control of Oklahoma House of Representatives (Ryan McNeill, 11/03/04, The Oklahoman)

Republicans scored a historic victory Tuesday, sweeping into control of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for only the second time since statehood.

With some votes still uncounted at press time, Republicans had apparently won at least 56 seats in the 101-member House, more than what even GOP leaders predicted.

It marks the end of a decade-long erosion of Democratic Party dominance in the House by the GOP, whose members have predicted a takeover for several years.

Democratic Party leaders were confident going into tonight, bolstered by an increase in their numbers two years ago and what they considered a strong crop of candidates.

The win also means Republicans will control a state legislative chamber for the first time in more than 80 years. Republicans controlled the House during the 1921-22 session.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2004 9:28 AM

You can check, but I think Republicans took control of the Tennessee State Senate, which was a big time surprise. As big as the OK takeover.

Posted by: h-man at November 3, 2004 10:26 AM

Lost the NC House again, though. Did pick up two seats on the NC Council of State, going from 1 to 3. (Yeah, North Carolina elects our entire cabinet, kind of rare I think)

Posted by: John Thacker at November 3, 2004 11:01 AM

Colorado was awful for the Republicans, though. Lost the Legislature, lost the Senate senate, a light-rail tax passed.

Posted by: John Thacker at November 3, 2004 12:07 PM


Bill Owens had the worst of the 2008 Primary last night.

Posted by: oj at November 3, 2004 12:30 PM

Why? What's going on in Colorado to move it to the Red States?

Posted by: Bart at November 4, 2004 10:06 AM