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Main article: "United States Senate elections, 2010

The 34 seats in the "United States Senate "Class III were up for election. In addition, the Class II Senate seat in "Delaware currently held by "Ted Kaufman, the Class I Senate seat in "New York currently held by "Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Class I seat in "West Virginia currently held by "Carte Goodwin were contested in "special elections resulting from Joe Biden's 2008 election as "Vice President of the United States and "Hillary Clinton's appointment to the "Cabinet as "U.S. Secretary of State and their subsequent resignations from the Senate, as well as incumbent Senator "Robert Byrd's death and the interim appointment of Goodwin to the Senate. A special election was also held for the Class I seat in "Massachusetts, as a result of the death of incumbent Senator "Ted Kennedy. The election was held on January 19, 2010, resulting in Republican state senator "Scott Brown winning the seat.

House of Representatives elections[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010

All 435 voting seats in the "United States House of Representatives were up for election. Additionally, elections were held to select the "delegates for the "District of Columbia and four of the five "U.S. territories. The only seat in the House not up for election was that of the "Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term and faced election in "2012.

State elections[edit]

Gubernatorial elections[edit]

United States gubernatorial elections, 2010

37 state and two territory "United States governors were up for election. Elections were also held for the governorships of two "U.S. territories. One state, "Louisiana, had no campaign for "governor but did feature a "special election for "lieutenant governor.[12] "Jerry Brown, a longtime California politician who had been a prominent national political figure since the 1960s, was elected to a third, nonconsecutive term as "Governor of California.

Other state-wide officer elections[edit]

In many states where the following positions are elected offices, voters elected state executive branch offices (including "Lieutenant Governors (though some will be voted for on the same ticket as the gubernatorial nominee), "Secretary of state, "state Treasurer, "state Auditor, "state Attorney General, state Superintendent of Education, Commissioners of "Insurance, Agriculture or, Labor, etc.) and state judicial branch offices (seats on "state Supreme Courts and, in some states, state appellate courts).

State legislative elections[edit]

Statewide legislative elections in the United States, 2010

All states except "Louisiana, "Mississippi, "New Jersey and "Virginia held elections for their "state legislatures.[13] Republicans made substantial gains in state legislatures across the nation. Twenty chambers flipped from Democratic to Republican control, giving Republicans full control of eleven state legislatures and control of one chamber in Colorado, Iowa and New York.1[14] Additionally, Republicans gained enough seats in the "Oregon House to produce a 30-30 party split, pushing Democrats into a power-sharing agreement that resulted in the election of two "co-speakers" (one from each party) to lead the chamber.[15]

Six states saw both chambers switch from Democrat to Republican majorities: Alabama (where the Republicans won a majority for the first time in 136 years), Maine (for the first time since 1964), Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina (for the first time since 1896), and Wisconsin. In addition, by picking up the lower chambers in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Montana and Pennsylvania, Republicans gained control of both chambers in an additional five states. Further, Republicans picked up one chamber from Democrats in Colorado, Iowa, and New York to split control in those states. They expanded majorities in both chambers in Texas, Florida, and Georgia. The massive Republican victories in legislative races would be widely expected to have a major impact on the redrawing of Congressional districts for the 2012 election cycle.

One of the few bright spots for Democrats was retaining their majorities in both the California and Illinois legislatures.


  • 1 Prior to the 2010 election, the 100 seats in the "Montana House of Representatives were evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, but the Democratic Party controlled the chamber by virtue of holding the governor's office.

Local elections[edit]

On November 2, 2010, various cities, counties, school boards, and special districts (in the United States) witnessed elections. Some elections were high-profile.

High-profile mayoral elections are listed below:

Table of federal and state results[edit]

Political party strength in U.S. states

Bold indicates a change in control. Note that not all states held gubernatorial, state legislative, and United States Senate elections in 2014.

State[18] Before 2010 elections[19] After 2010 elections[20]
State "PVI Governor State leg. "US Senate "US House Governor State leg. "US Senate "US House
"Alabama R+13 Rep Dem Rep Rep 5-2 Rep Rep Rep Rep 6-1
"Alaska R+13 Rep Split Split Rep 1-0 Rep Split Split Rep 1-0
"Arizona R+6 Rep Rep Rep Dem 5-3 Rep Rep Rep Rep 5-3
"Arkansas R+9 Dem Dem Dem Dem 3-1 Dem Dem Split Rep 3-1
"California D+7 Rep Dem Dem Dem 34-19 Dem Dem Dem Dem 34-19
"Colorado Even Dem Dem Dem Dem 5-2 Dem Split Dem Rep 4-3
"Connecticut D+7 Rep Dem Split D/I[21] Dem 5-0 Dem Dem Split D/I[21] Dem 5-0
"Delaware D+7 Dem Dem Dem Rep 1-0 Dem Dem Dem Dem 1-0
"Florida R+2 Ind Rep Split Rep 15-10 Rep Rep Split Rep 19-6
"Georgia R+7 Rep Rep Rep Rep 7-6 Rep Rep Rep Rep 8-5
"Hawaii D+12 Rep Dem Dem Split 1-1 Dem Dem Dem Dem 2-0
"Idaho R+17 Rep Rep Rep Split 1-1 Rep Rep Rep Rep 2-0
"Illinois D+8 Dem Dem Dem Dem 12-7 Dem Dem Split Rep 11-8
"Indiana R+6 Rep Split Split Dem 5-3 Rep Rep Rep Rep 6-3
"Iowa D+1 Dem Dem Split Dem 3-2 Rep Split Split Dem 3-2
"Kansas R+11 Dem Rep Rep Rep 3-1 Rep Rep Rep Rep 4-0
"Kentucky R+10 Dem Split Rep Rep 4-2 Dem Split Rep Rep 4-2
"Louisiana R+10 Rep Dem Split Rep 6-1 Rep Split Split Rep 6-1
"Maine D+5 Dem Dem Rep Dem 2-0 Rep Rep Rep Dem 2-0
"Maryland D+9 Dem Dem Dem Dem 7-1 Dem Dem Dem Dem 6-2
"Massachusetts D+12 Dem Dem Split Dem 10-0 Dem Dem Split Dem 10-0
"Michigan D+4 Dem Split Dem Dem 8-7 Rep Rep Dem Rep 9-6
"Minnesota D+2 Rep Dem Dem Dem 5-3 Dem Rep Dem Split 4-4
"Mississippi R+10 Rep Dem Rep Dem 3-1 Rep Dem Rep Rep 3-1
"Missouri R+3 Dem Rep Split Rep 5-4 Dem Rep Split Rep 6-3
"Montana R+7 Dem Split Dem Rep 1-0 Dem Rep Dem Rep 1-0
"Nebraska R+13 Rep "NP Split Rep 3-0 Rep NP Split Rep 3-0
"Nevada D+1 Rep Dem Split Dem 2-1 Rep Dem Split Rep 2-1
"New Hampshire D+2 Dem Dem Split Dem 2-0 Dem Rep Split Rep 2-0
"New Jersey D+4 Rep Dem Dem Dem 8-5 Rep Dem Dem Dem 7-6
"New Mexico D+2 Dem Dem Dem Dem 3-0 Rep Dem Dem Dem 2-1
"New York D+10 Dem Dem Dem Dem 26-2 Dem Split Dem Dem 21-8
"North Carolina R+4 Dem Dem Split Dem 8-5 Dem Rep Split Dem 7-6
"North Dakota R+10 Rep Rep Dem Dem 1-0 Rep Rep Split Rep 1-0
"Ohio R+1 Dem Split Split Dem 10-8 Rep Rep Split Rep 13-5
"Oklahoma R+17 Dem Rep Rep Rep 4-1 Rep Rep Rep Rep 4-1
"Oregon D+4 Dem Dem Dem Dem 4-1 Dem Split Dem Dem 4-1
"Pennsylvania D+2 Dem Split Dem Dem 12-7 Rep Rep Split Rep 12-7
"Rhode Island D+11 Rep Dem Dem Dem 2-0 Ind Dem Dem Dem 2-0
"South Carolina R+8 Rep Rep Rep Rep 4-2 Rep Rep Rep Rep 5-1
"South Dakota R+9 Rep Rep Split Dem 1-0 Rep Rep Split Rep 1-0
"Tennessee R+9 Dem Rep Rep Dem 5-4 Rep Rep Rep Rep 7-2
"Texas R+10 Rep Rep Rep Rep 20-12 Rep Rep Rep Rep 23-9
"Utah R+20 Rep Rep Rep Rep 2-1 Rep Rep Rep Rep 2-1
"Vermont D+13 Rep Dem Split D/I[22] Dem 1-0 Dem Dem Split D/I[22] Dem 1-0
"Virginia R+2 Rep Split Dem Dem 6-5 Rep Split Dem Rep 8-3
"Washington D+5 Dem Dem Dem Dem 6-3 Dem Dem Dem Dem 5-4
"West Virginia R+8 Dem Dem Dem Dem 2-1 Dem Dem Dem Rep 2-1
"Wisconsin D+2 Dem Dem Dem Dem 5-3 Rep Rep Split Rep 5-3
"Wyoming R+20 Dem Rep Rep Rep 1-0 Rep Rep Rep Rep 1-0
United States Even Dem 26-23 Dem 27-14 Dem 59-41 Dem 255-178 Rep 29-20 Rep 25-16 Dem 53-47 Rep 242-193


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  2. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" (PDF). U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Tomasky, Michael (November 3, 2010). "Turnout: says a lot". The Guardian. London. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "In Redistricting Year, GOP Gains a Big Edge". November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Four More Lessons from the GOP Landslide". November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Leg. Seats". November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ Jonathan Weisman (October 20, 2010). "GOP in Lead in Final Lap". Wall Street Journal. 
  8. ^ "It's the Ideology, Stupid: Midterm elections". November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Women, Independent Voters Show Biggest Swing From 2008". Fox News. November 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ Jeffrey M. Jones, "Americans Give GOP Edge on Most Election Issues; Greatest Republican advantages on terrorism, immigration, federal spending", Gallup, September 1, 2010
  11. ^ ""The New Republican Right", ''''". 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  12. ^ See "Louisiana state elections, 2010.
  13. ^ "2010 Primary Dates and Seats Up". September 23, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  14. ^ Storey, Tim. "GOP Makes Historic State Legislative Gains in 2010". Rasmussen Reports. Rasmussen Report, LLC. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Cole, Michelle (Jan 11, 2011). "Oregon House makes history by electing two co-speakers". The Oregonian. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Voters say 'yes' to home rule - News. Standard Speaker (2010-11-03). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Partisan Voter Index by State, 1994-2014" (PDF). Cook Political Report. Retrieved 19 May 2016.  PVI in 2010
  19. ^ "2010 State and Legislative Partisan Composition" (PDF). National Conference of State Legislatures. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "2011 State and Legislative Partisan Composition" (PDF). National Conference of State Legislatures. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "Joe Lieberman was elected as an independent but continued to caucus with Senate Democrats. Connecticut's other Senator was a Democrat.
  22. ^ a b "Bernie Sanders was elected as an independent but caucused with Senate Democrats. Vermont's other Senator was a Democrat.

Further reading[edit]

  • Abramson, Paul et al. Change and Continuity in the 2008 and 2010 Elections (2011)
  • Bullock, Charles S., et al. Key States, High Stakes: Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and the 2010 Elections (2011)
  • Jacobson, Gary C. "The Republican resurgence in 2010." Political Science Quarterly (2011) 126#1 pp: 27-52. online
  • Sabato, Larry. Who Got in the Booth? A Look Back at the 2010 Elections (2011)

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