North Carolina: No Housecleaning in “Purple” State

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by Richard L. Rainey, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC

The “throw the bums out” wave that was prevalent in many states was a mere ripple in North Carolina. Incumbents on both sides of the aisle held onto their seats in all of the congressional contests except one — in House District Two, where Republican Renee Ellmers defeated Democrat incumbent Bob Etheridge in a close race.

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New Mexico: First Female Governor Elected

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by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr., Tinnin Law Firm

New Mexico voters have elected the state’s first female governor, Republican Susana Martinez. Republicans gained several seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives, but Democrats maintained control of the chamber. There were no contests for seats in New Mexico Senate, where Democrats hold a substantial majority of the seats. In the congressional races, Republicans picked up one seat.

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Nebraska: Lone Democrat (Not on Ballot) Remains

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by Mark Schorr, Erickson & Sederstrom P.C.

Nebraska saw no significant changes as a result of its 2010 elections. All three Republicans in the U.S. House were reelected, with the closest margin of victory being a spread of 62 percent to 38 percent. Republican Governor Dave Heineman also was reelected with a resounding 78 percent of the vote.

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Mississippi: Voters Put the (Blue) Dogs Out

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by Peyton Irby, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A.

Mississippi voters had only congressional races to consider. As a result, where the state’s delegation was once comprised of three Democrats and one Republican, the opposite is now true. Two Democrats — both “Blue Dogs” — lost to Republicans. Apparently, their conservative voting patterns didn’t save them in the national congressional landslide for Republicans.

For example, Gene Taylor, a 10-term congressman from the Gulf Coast, voted against ObamaCare. Additionally, he claimed during his campaign that he wouldn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. You can’t get much more Blue Dog than that, yet Taylor was trumped by Republican Steven Palazzo.

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Maryland: ‘True Blue’ Victors May Need Low Profile

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by Kevin McCormick, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P.

Against the national trend to oust the incumbents, Maryland remained a “true blue” state. We returned most of our Democratic incumbents, including Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and a host of other Democratic congressional members.

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Maine: Red Tide Causes ‘Sea Change’

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by Daniel C. Stockford, Brann & Isaacson

While voters handily reelected both of Maine’s Democratic representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, a sea change occurred at the state level as the Maine governorship and the Maine Legislature apparently have switched from Democratic to Republican control.

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Louisiana: RIP EFCA, Paycheck Fairness Act

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by Mark Adams, Jones Walker

At first glance, nothing significant came out of Louisiana. No Tea Party candidates to create excitement. Republicans and Democrats each lost a U.S. House seat and won a seat they hadn’t controlled, so no contribution to the change of control in the House.

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Kentucky: Foe’s ‘Aqua Buddha’ Ad Didn’t Hurt Paul

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by Richard S. Cleary, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC

Republican Rand Paul came from a dead heat in the polls three weeks ago to handily beat the Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway in Tuesday’s election. Conway carried Louisville, Lexington, and a few pockets in eastern Kentucky, but he managed to carry little else in a poor state where Democrats enjoy a significant party registration.

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Kansas: No Democrats in Sight

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by Carolyn Matthews, Foulston Siefkin LLP

How many Democrats does it take to screw in a lightbulb in Kansas? That’s a trick question — there aren’t any Democrats in Kansas. Republican Sam Brownback was elected governor. Republicans also took the secretary of state, attorney general, and state treasurer positions from the Democratic incumbents.

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Iowa: It’s Back to the Past with New Governor

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by Greg Naylor, Whitfield & Eddy P.L.C.

Twenty-five years ago, Michael J. Fox took us all Back to the Future. On Election Day, however, Iowa went back to the past, returning former Republican Governor Terry Branstad to a gubernatorial seat that hadn’t seen a Republican occupant in three consecutive terms.

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