November 2, 2004

WHERE THE RED WIND COMES SWEEPING DOWN THE LANE (via Kevin Whited):

Power shift to occur in Oklahoma Legislature?: Prominent Republicans believe this is the year they'll take control of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. (Gan Matthews, NEWS 9)

Republican leaders think they're poised to take back the House for the first time in a long time.

How long? Well, you have to go back more than 80 years.

You have to go all the way back to 1920, when Republican Warren G. Harding was elected President.

The Harding landslide ushered in the first and only Republican-controlled House. That lasted two years until Democrats regained control.

They've held it ever since in both the House and the Senate. But the GOP has been creeping closer.

At last count, Democrats held a five seat majority in the House. But Republicans think they could win as many as 55 seats this year.

In the Senate, Democrats have an eight-seat majority. Republicans hope to close the gap. Can they?


Democrats once envisioned picking up the Senate seat here and maybe even making George Bush work for the electoral votes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2004 10:32 AM
Comments

These state legislature races matter because of redistricting and because they are the farm team for the big races. For decades, the Democrats had lots more experienced legislators and successful candidates than the GOP, enabling them to maintain congressional majorities when their party was running on fumes nationally. If the GOP can grab these legislatures then perhaps OJ's 60/40 nation may become a reality.

Posted by: Bart at November 2, 2004 10:59 AM
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