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GOP Gain in House May Be 65 Seats

By on 11.8.10 | 4:52PM

Dominic Montanaro of MSNBC has a roundup of nine House races that are still unresolved. To date, Republicans have won a net gain of 60 seats, and are leading in five districts that are still too close to call: Andy Vidak +648 votes in CA-20, Joe Walsh +365 votes in IL-8, Randy Altschuler +400 votes in NY-1, Ann Marie Buerkle +684 votes in NY-25, and Blake Farenhold +799 votes in TX-27.

Winning all five of those would eclipse the 62 seats the GOP gained in 1920, but not the 81-seat pickup in 1938.

For some reason, there has been a lot of Republican crying-over-spilled-milk in regard to their losses in Senate races -- Delaware, Colorado, Nevada, California and Washington state -- as if this truly massive GOP tsunami in the House were a negligible accomplishment.

Granted, protecting a House majority is more difficult than defending Senate seats (since representatives come up for re-election every two years, as compared to six years for senators), but with their gain of more than 600 seats in state legislatures, the GOP will have an edge in redistricting fights before the 2012 election. That, plus a margin of 20-25 seats over the bare mininum 218 House majority, will probably be enough to ensure that Republicans control the Speaker's gavel through 2014 -- even with an expected surge in Democratic turnout for Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

As if that were not enough cause for conservatives to be of good cheer, try this mirthful news: "The Great Shellacking of 2010 will throw more than 2,000 Democratic congressional staffers out of their jobs."

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