Friday, November 05, 2010

2010/2012 State Senate Races, Illustrated

To illustrate last Tuesday's Republican gains in the State Senate, I've put together three maps. The first shows the break-down of the Senate before Tuesday, the second shows it after Tuesday, and the third shows post-election - with the 2012 districts up for election shown.

The Senate before the election

Composition is 26 Republican seats, 22 Democrat seats. Now for the next map:

The Senate after the election

Composition is now 32 Republicans, and 16 Democrats. The next map:


In 2012, 24 seats are up for grabs: 15 Republican-held and 9 Democrat-held.

The bad news for the Democrats is that all of those 9 districts are east of I-35 -- and all of the 2010 GOP gains were east of I-35. 9 seats is just over half of the current 16-seat Democrat Senate minority.

Judging from how poorly the Democrats did this cycle, and add to that the fact that Barack Obama will be on the ballot, eastern Oklahoma and "Little Dixie" don't look that secure for the ODP.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Briefly I wondered what ODP meant. Comparing it to GOP (in the previous paragraph), I thought, "Old Dang Party"?

Anonymous said...

I love seeing my Leflore county in red!!

Anonymous said...

You are amazing, Jamison. I just came back from Dollar General with a box of Crayons to do this very thing.

I love seeing LeFlore County in red also; not just for this Senate seat, but how the voters turned out for the state wide offices.

Bobbie McAuliffe
Poteau