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Republicans surpassed the expectations of some of their most optimistic forecasters and took decisive control of the House and Senate, while also capturing a majority of the nation's governorships. This puts the GOP, for the first time since the days of Eisenhower, in charge of congressional committees where legislative initiatives prosper or die. And, with Republicans now controlling 30 gubernatorial seats versus 20 before this election -- their first state house majority since 1970 -- the GOP has the ability to control state politics leading into the 1996 presidential election. When it was all over, no Republican incumbent in either house had been replaced; in the Senate, the GOP edged out Democrats 52-48, while in the House -- where the GOP needed 40 seats to take control -- they captured 52. The GOP will begin the next year's session with 230 seats, leaving 204 for the Dems.Post your opinion to theElection '94bulletin board