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Reasons the 2010 Election Made History…Has the GOP forgotten?

Posted by FactReal on July 29, 2011

Has the GOP already forgotten?

Via Capitol Confidential, Human Events, Rasmussen Reports:

  ● It was the biggest gain for one party since voters repudiated the Republican Congress in 1948 by giving Democrats a 75-seat pickup.

● It was the biggest setback for a president in a midterm election since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Democrats lost 72 seats in 1938.

● President Obama lost more seats in his first midterm election than any president since Warren G. Harding’s Republicans suffered a 77-seat setback in 1922.

● The Democrats’ four years in control of the House of Representatives was the shortest tenure for one party atop that chamber since the Republicans were voted out in 1954 after just two years in charge.

● House Democrats will have their smallest number of members since they had 188 after the 1946 election.

● Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mario Rubio of Florida, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mike Lee of Utah became the first Tea Party loyalists elected to the U.S. Senate.

● GOP diversity: The GOP had never fielded so many winning women and minority candidates. Just look at the list: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Florida Rep. Allen West, South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. It will be hard for the Left to pin the racist/sexist label on the Republican Party when it is running so many attractive, dynamic and diverse candidates.

● There will be more Republican women in Congress than any other time in American history.

● Susana Martinez of New Mexico is the first Latina ever elected a governor in American history.

● Martinez became the first woman elected governor in New Mexico history.

● Congresswoman Mary Fallin became the first woman ever elected governor of Oklahoma. (She earlier made history as the state’s first female lieutenant governor.)

● Nikki Haley became the first Indian-American woman elected governor in U.S. history.

● Haley is the first minority politician ever elected governor of South Carolina.

● States turn Right: The midterms also saw massive conservative gains in the states with Republicans picking up 680 seats in legislatures across the country and winning gubernatorial posts from Democrats in such key states as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. That means the redistricting based on the 2010 census will strongly favor the GOP, resulting in more House pickups in 2012

● Rick Perry became the first governor in Texas history to win three four-year terms.

● It was the first midterm election in history where the House changed hands without the Senate changing hands, too.

● GOP captures House: Republicans made historic gains in the House of Representatives, picking up 63 seats in the midterm elections and regaining control after four years in the minority. With the presidency and Senate still in Democratic hands, picking up the chamber will provide a much-needed check on the Left’s ambitious agenda. And the best news of all: Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

● Gains in the Senate: While falling short of taking back the Senate, Republicans still gained six seats and will have plenty of solid conservatives in the freshmen class. Senate newcomers Marco Rubio​ (Fla.), Rand Paul​ (Ky.), Kelly Ayotte​ (N.H) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) are rising stars in the party. With Democrats having more than twice as many seats to defend in 2012, look for a Republican Senate takeover in the next election.

● Rise of the Tea Party: The Tea Party became a major force in the American political landscape. With its fiscal responsibility agenda, the amorphous Tea Partiers had a major impact on the midterm elections and breathed new life into a GOP that was still reeling after its 2008 electoral shellacking.


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