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While the dust has not completely settled and votes continue being counted from last night’s mid-term elections, we are certain that the republicans have gained control of the House of Representatives.  Republicans also appear to be on their way to substantial gains in the number of gubernatorial seats held and the number state houses and senates controlled.  How the shift in power might impact state federal relations remains to be seen, but based on the campaign and the general mood in the country it appears likely that there will be a shift toward a smaller federal government and a greater influence for state policymakers. 

We've been following the races of several Toll Fellows running for Congress and in gubernatorial races across the country.  Most of those Toll Fellows have come out of  yesterday's elections celebrating a victory.

In the Missouri House, Republicans now control 106 of the 163 seats in the chamber, up from 88.  That is more than 65 percent of the seats.   According to the Kansas City Star, this is the largest House majority since 1987, when Democrats held 109 seats.

In the Senate, Republicans won 13 of the 17 contested seats, bringing their total to 26 of the 34 seats.  Two incumbent Democratic senators were defeated, and one term-limited Democratic seat was won by a Republican.  

Kansas Republicans have grabbed the state's top executive offices, retained control of the Senate and increased the majority in the House. U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback defeated Democratic Sen. Tom Holland in the race for governor and Sen. Jeff Colyer will take on the role of lt. governor. Republican candidates also defeated Democratic incumbents to win the offices of the secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer.

Ohio has once again lived up to its "bellwether" moniker. With Republican John Kasich's apparent gubernatorial victory and the Republicans now firmly in control of both the state Senate and House, Ohio seems to be a representation of what is happening around the nation.

After only two years in control of the House, unofficial results indicate that Democrats have given control back to the Republicans once again. In 2008, riding the wave of enthusiasm for change, voters in Ohio put Democrats in charge of the House after 14...

Unofficial results from the Tennessee Secretary of State indicate Senate Republicans will pick up one seat while House Republicans will see a 12 seat gain.

Prior to this year's election, the Tennessee Senate was held by Republicans 19 seats to 14 seats. Early returns reflect that the Republicans will pick up an additional seat to turn the majority into a 20 to 13 seat advantage.

The House will see even bigger changes. Twelve incumbent democrats were defeated to increase the current Republican majority from 51R,...

Unofficial results for both Maryland and West Virginia show that Democrats will remain strong in both state legislatures.While Republicans made ever-so-slight gains in West Virginia, they were only able to pick up one seat in each chamber in Maryland.

According to early election returns, the West Virginia Senate will be composed of 28 D and 6 R, while the House will have a 65 D to 35 R split after the Republicans were able to pick up six seats. 

The Maryland Senate will now be 34 D and 13 R and the House will...

Early numbers from the DE Secretary of State's office indicate that despite some small gains by Republicans in both the house and senate, the Democrats will maintain control of the legislature

Republicans were able to pick up one seat in the senate, making the spilt 14D and 7R. In the house, the unofficial split will be 27D and 14R giving the Republicans a net gain of three seats.

Currently, the executive races for Attorney General and Auditor of Accounts remain too close to call. Democrat Chip Flowers, Jr, is...

As poll closings creep west across the country, two Toll Fellows have been declared victors in their congressional races.  Diane Black will represent the Tennessee 6th and Todd Rokita will represent the Indiana 4th.  Black's victory is one of several seat pick-ups that will lead Republicans to a majority in the US House.

Other Tolls running for Congress are Roy Herron in the Tennessee 8th, Tarryl Clark in the Minnesota 6th, Colleen Hannabusa in the Hawaii 1st and Bill Huizenga in the Michigan 2nd. None of these races have...

The first round of polls are set to close in less than 90 minutes. The political landscapes in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia should begin to take shape as each of those states close their polls at 7:00 p.m. EST.

The 7 o'clock hour will bring a conclusion to five governors' races (Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Vermont), four of which are guaranteed to be newcomers--Gov. John Lynch, NH, is the only incumbent represented.

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