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Redistricting, Blue Dogs, and more election round-up

Campaign 2010

The Democratic Blue Dog caucus was cut in half last night, with a few more losses still possible. Of the 24 who lost, 13 voted for healthcare and 11 voted against it. Our analysis of Blue Dog votes earlier this season showed that Blue Dogs remained in step with their party, not conservative as they advertise.

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National Republicans' long-term chances were boosted last night in state elections. Republicans won 19 state chambers across the country - so far, in New Hampshire, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, Colorado, and Minnesota. Republicans haven't held the N.C. state legislature in more than a century - meaning a purple state might lean more red.

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Why is this such a big deal? With the completion of the census this year, state legislatures will be overseeing redistricting. Where Republicans are in control, they can draw district lines more in their favor.

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Finally, here's a look at how Sarah Palin's endorsed candidates fared last night. We can't say her endorsement automatically sank or saved candidates - she had some wins and some losses.

See WORLD's interactive national map for complete election results from across the country.

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emzleb.

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