Here in Kansas in 2006, Dennis Moore (D) easily held onto his 3 congressional district seat. Nancy Boyda (sp?) beat Jim Ryan in the 2nd congressional district. For "Red State" Kansas, the governor was up for re-election. This was Kathlene Sebelius, a democrat and the object of a lot of intense dislike on the part of the right. She massacred her opponent in what was really a non-election. Red state Kansas had two of four members of the house as democrats. Both senators were republicans (Pat Roberts is pretty moderate), a democratic governor and and state house that was populated by democrats, moderates and conservatives (GOP). The moderates and conservatives clashed more than the democrats and conservatives. And the state has some pretty strange history as shown by the Dr. Tiller issue and some things that looked about the same. Many conservatives lamented the way the national GOP (and George Bush) had really pissed away opportunity and good will. With the trouncing in 2006 and the coming onslaught of 2008 (no real good candidate and a lot of anger towards the GOP), it looked bleak. But, a strange thing happened. In 2008, Lynn Jenkins (considered a fiscal conservative, but social moderate....not a combo many Kansas cons like) challenged for Jim Ryan's seat. I can't even recall if Ryan ran. Jenkins won the primary and then beat Boyda to become the only GOP pickup in the house that year. The rest of the election went to crap. Then in 2009, it looked like the dems had started to screw things up and we had a chance of making gains. Robert Gibbs was the first to intonate that the house could fall to the GOP. He was derided by those in his party for being a Chicken Little. Soon, it became clear it wasn't if, but by how much. Dennis Moore declined to run again (rumors were he had early Alzhimers....). In a strange turn of events, the DEMS had become the toxic party in 2010 and none of their rising stars was interested in running this gauntlet. So they ran his wife (no experience, no exposure, and not much knowledge). The dems essentially ceded the seat to the GOP. Sam Brownback had already announced he was coming back to Kansas to run for Governor. Sebelius and departed (and was term limited) and Mark Parkison (a GOP turncoat) knew he would get creamed. Most everyone knew Brownback's senate seat would stay GOP (we may have some regional issues, but it seems we like GOP senators). At the local level, many of the so-called moderates took a beating. The house swung hard right. However, enough moderates (derisively called RINOs by the right) stayed on to thwart the GOP conservative agenda. It has been an interesting two years. The moderates and conservatives are now in open warfare. The moderates held up the redistricting process to the point a judge had to draw the lines and really pissed the conservatives off to no end. But Kansas conservatives are on a roll and loaded for bare. Many of the remaining moderates have retired. They know what is coming. However, there are many contentious races still in the making (the liberals hold most of the school board spots here in Johnson County BTW...for some reasons, local politics don't mean squat to the GOP...which touts local politics....just pisses me off). Anyway, it is no secret that the conservatives want full control and want the mods/RINOs out of the way. It looks like that will pretty much happen. What is going on in your state ?