Post-election, what's the balance of power in Augusta?

Balance of power in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

Of course there were many other races on the Maine ballot yesterday including more than 180 seats in the legislature.

And, now that the dust has settled, the majorities in each chamber are razor thin.

Republicans now have a one-seat majority in the senate.

Democrats have the same advantage in the House, pending possible recounts.

By the numbers this isn't necessarily a dramatic change but how much influence will each political party have?

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette calls this break-down a “reset” and going forward thinks every caucus will have a say.

He also said Tuesday’s election made it clear Maine isn't a solidly blue state citing the amount of republicans sent to the house and Maine's split electoral College vote as evidence of that.

“The bottom line is there is no balance of power,” he said. “The bottom line is that the numbers suggest that it is a reality that everyone is going to have a say in what goes on because the numbers are so close.”

Meanwhile, democrats say the split legislative bodies could lead to gridlock without cooperation in Augusta.  

“Logistically it really means nothing can move forward legislatively,” said Rep. Sara Gideon. “Especially knowing our governor often issues vetoes, unless we're able to come together and stay together.”

Some house and senate caucuses plan to meet here at the State House on Thursday to select their leadership.

Something else to watch too, who becomes Speaker of the House.

Republicans could edge out a victory in overall leadership elections, especially if they get some help from recently elected libertarians.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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