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Republicans Make Historic Gains In House
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Nov. 7, 2012 8:03 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 8, 2012 10:13 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin remains Governor in West Virginia but republicans made historic gains elsewhere in the state, winning a few statewide races and picking up 11 seats in the house.
The Republicans now hold 46 of the 100 seats, not a majority, but the most they've held since 1930, 82 years ago.
"West Virginia is now a two party system," GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas said.
The GOP says the gains are a step in the right direction.
"At 46 it will allow us to really be able to work with some democrats across the aisle who share our beliefs and really move forward with issues we think are important," House Minority Leader Tim Armstead said.
The Republicans gained seats throughout the state, Armstead says this is a sign that West Virginians aren't satisfied with what's been happening at the state level. Armstead says with 46 of the 100 seats, the republicans will be able to block fast tracking of bills, they'll be better represented on committees and will have more success getting bills to the house floor and pushing their agenda of tax reform, job creation and education reform.
"So many times the Democratic leadership has blocked those issues, they won't let them be taken up in the committee or brought onto the floor to be debated and that's unfortunate not only for the legislature but for the people of West Virginia and I think that's the biggest impact that we will see," Armstead said.
Republicans also picked up some other wins significant wins, including ousting long-time democrat Darrell McGraw in the Attorney General race, picking up one Supreme Court seat and gaining three state Senate seats. The democratic defeats come with President Barack Obama leading the democratic ticket, a democrat who is unpopular in the state, but the Republican party Chairman says this is only the beginning.
"Over the next four years we'll flip the house and by 2014 we'll win a whole slew of races so I don't think last night was a flash in the pan," Lucas said.
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