Facing South

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's new political landscape

Number of seats the Republican Party gained in the U.S. Senate in the mid-term elections: 6

Number of those seats that are in the South: 1

Number of seats the Republican Party gained in the U.S. House: at least 60

Number of those seats that are in the South: 16

Percent by which the Blue Dog caucus of conservative House Democrats was reduced: 50

Of the 22 Blue Dogs who lost their re-election battles, number from the South: 7

Percent of the losing Blue Dogs replaced by Republicans: 100

Percent by which the House's Progressive Caucus was reduced: 5

Last time the Republican Party made such dramatic gains in a mid-term election: 1938

Number of governorships the Republican Party picked up: 7

Number of those governorships that are in the South: 1*

Number of seats Republicans picked up in state legislatures nationally: over 500

Of the 13 Southern state legislatures, number that are now controlled by the GOP: 7

Number of Southern states where Republicans took control of both chambers: 2**

Number of state legislative chambers nationally that switched from Republican to Democrat: 0

Last time Republicans controlled the North Carolina Senate: 1898

Number of years since Republicans last controlled the Alabama legislature: 136

Number of new Congressional districts the South is expected to gain after the 2010 Census results are in: 7

Percent of those districts where Republicans will be drawing the lines: 100

* Tennessee
** Alabama and North Carolina

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