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GOP Wins More Clout In Mass. Legislature

On a disappointing night for Massachusetts conservatives, there was one bright spot for Bay State Republicans — the G.O.P. is expanding its ranks in one branch of the legislature.

The number of House Republicans in the state legislature will likely double, from 16 to around 32.

Republicans will still be a significant minority in the 160 seat body. Nevertheless, House Republicans leader Brad Jones says that voters sent state politicians a message in Tuesday's election. He expects his caucus will have greater sway with more members among their ranks.

"I hope that the message is going to be about openness, transparency, listening to constituencies, and I think that's one of the things that hopefully will be a by-product," Jones said.

Republicans won several open Massachusetts house seats and defeated about a half-dozen Democratic incumbents.

This program aired on November 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Steve Brown Twitter Reporter/Anchor
Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's State House reporter.

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