Republican Wave, Now What?

by Brittany Shannon on November 4, 2010 at 4:46 am

New leaders, new beliefs, new government? Now that the election is over we spoke with a political science professor who projects what’s next for our country and state.

On Capitol Hill, President Obama is faced with a more-balanced Congress, making it difficult as he attempts to move forward with his agenda. However, political science professor, Jared Farley, warns that Democrats and Republicans must work together.  

"They’re going to have to find some things to work on because if the Republicans are simply just the party of ‘no’ there might be a backlash," says Jared Farley, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University Zanesville.

On the state-level, a Republican sweep is significant as the state legislature works on redistricting.

"Following the 2010 Census, the Ohio Legislature working with the Ohio Governor is going to be redrawing our Congressional District lines for the U.S. House of Representatives. And because of gerrymandering they do so in a way that will benefit one party more than another and Republicans stand to gain from that," says Farley.

Redistricting could reduce the number of seats Democrats hold in the U.S. House.

Farley predicts the number of electoral votes Ohio will receive for presidential elections will be reduced from 20 to 18 as a result of the census.

Republicans gained 63 U.S. House seats, and six Senate seats.