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The Republican midterm wave swept through state capitals across the nation Tuesday, with historic gains in state legislative races that will give the GOP a major advantage in influencing congressional races over the next 10 years through redistricting.
A Republican election wave could give the party control of roughly two-thirds of state governorships, according to an analysis.
Republicans were already on track to make major gains this fall in the nation's statehouses — which will play a big role in the post-census redistricting — but an updated forecast by a leading analyst now finds the GOP wave could be even bigger than anticipated.
A record number of state legislatures could change party control this year, with Democrats at risk of losing their majorities in more than 20 state chambers, according to a comprehensive analysis.
Political analyst Louis Jacobson, who tracks statehouse races, said he had predicted sizable GOP gains, but even he was surprised by the Maine House and Minnesota Senate results.
Mr. Jacobson said deciding their outcomes could take days because recounts might involve multiple races.