November 29, 2010


Dem state lawmakers defecting to GOP post-election (Shannon Mccaffrey, 11/29/10, Associated Press)

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.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2010 7:08 PM
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