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GOP dominates state legislatures from sea to shining sea (almost)

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones can hardly contain himself.

On Twitter Tuesday, the Republican leader wrote, “O' Beautiful for Red Waves Rolling,” in a reference to the opening line of “America, the Beautiful.”

Jones was referring to new maps the Republican State Leadership Committee released that show the GOP’s dominance when it comes to control of state legislatures across the country.

The shorthand: Republicans will run 31 legislatures in 2015 compared to 11 for the Democrats. Eight legislatures will run under split control, meaning that the Democrats control one chamber and the Republicans the other.

Legislatures in Missouri and Kansas, in case you didn’t know, are firmly in the hands of the Republicans.