The head of the Democratic Party feels good about the gains made during this election, but cautions fellow Democrats to keep things in perspective. State Democratic Party Chairman Roger Wilson is encouraged that Democrats picked up five seats in the Missouri House and two in the Senate. He says it reverses a trend of losses in the state legislature the party has suffered the past several years that eventually resulted in the loss of control; first of the State Senate, then the State House. Wilson says Democrats cannot afford to overestimate the gains, adding that it is difficult to determine why candidates won. A number of factors can play a role, according to Wilson. Voters might have been ready for a change or they might have thought that the Democrat was a better candidate. Wilson does say, though, that discontent with President Bush played a role, even on the state level. He says unhappiness with budget cuts approved by Governor Blunt and the Republican majorities in the legislature might have played a role as well. Democrats still remain very much in the minority in the state legislature. Republicans hold a 92-71 seat majority in the House and 21-to-13 in the Senate. Wilson says Republicans face a choice: work with Democrats to address issues important to Missouri or lose more seats in ’08.
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