The Republican Wave: 2010 Election Recap

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After months of politics congesting their minds, yards and televisions, US constituents stepped out to cast their ballots across the nation. Although some states have not yet projected their winners and petitioned for recounts, the majority of the precincts have reported, and the results thus far confirm that there was an undoubtedly strong conservative surge in America yesterday, November 2nd.

With 239 projected House of Representative seats, the GOP acquired 60 House seats that formerly belonged to the Democrats. Twenty nine states have gone to the GOP in what has been determined of the gubernatorial elections. By gaining such a strong margin, the Republican Party seems to have made an audacious sweep over the nation in what some are referring to as “The Republican Wave.”

Despite the majority in the House, Democrats managed to hold a slight majority in the Senate. They are now leading the Senate with 51 seats, in comparison to the Republican’s 49, leaving only 3 seats open.
The political mentality of Wisconsin citizens seemed to mimic that of the nation, as Ron Johnson beat Democrat Russ Feingold in the race for the United States Senate seat, and Scott Walker won the gubernatorial election over Democrat Tom Barret.

But what does this mean for America? What does this mean for Wisconsin?
Fluctuations in partisan strength are visible throughout political history. From this election, it is unclear what exactly can be determined on both state and national levels.

Does this mean that Wisconsin’s women will be denied their birth control pills due to Walker’s radical view of contraceptives? Will the UW system tuition increase under Walker’s plan to reform education? Will Obama, who has already received criticism for his lack of political initiative, be prohibited further in his agendas and efforts, as his primarily Republican congress will continue to slow his efforts? How will this impact the 2012 Presidential elections? Many questions, stigmas and opinions surround the aftermath of the 2010 elections.

One thing is certain, however, and that is the high level of political efficacy in the constituents during this election. Wisconsin had a particularly high voter turnout this year and quite notably for a midterm election. Nearly 50 % of eligible residents voted, equating to about 2.16 million Wisconsin residents that made the effort to vote yesterday. In general, voter turnout was particularly high throughout the country, and the popular vote seemed to favor the GOP.

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