A recount in a Montana House race moved the election from a tie to
a victory for Republican Krayton Kerns by three votes--1,971 to 1,968.
Kern's win means that Republicans will have 50 seats in the Montana
House compared to 49 for the Democrats. Constitution Party member Rick
Jore won a seat as well, so the party composition winds up 50 R, 49 D
and one Constitution. Jore (a former Republican) is expected to support
the GOP leadership candidates. Prior to the November 7 election, the
Montana House was tied 50 R, 50 D, so this development gives the House
to the GOP--their only legislative chamber victory of 2006. And in
Pennsylvania, Democrats won a 102-101 majority in the House after they
counted all of the absentee and provisional ballots in a super close
race. The party control of all state legislatures is now 24 Democratic,
15 Republican and 10 split.