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Republicans Maintain Majorities in State Legislature

While control of Congress changed hands and the Democrats will be in the majority there , here in Missouri, the Republicans maintain control of the state legislature. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

While control of Congress changed hands and the Democrats will be in the majority there, here in Missouri, the Republicans maintain control of the state legislature.

Earlier this week, House Republicans re-elected Carl Bearden to his post as Speaker Pro Tem.

He says Missouri voters sent lawmakers a message by keeping the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

But Missouri Democrats did pick up some seats Tuesday.

And House Democratic Leader Jeff Harris says it was historic.

But Speaker Pro Tem Carl Bearden warns against reading too much into the Democrats' gains.

He says Democrats won in districts that lean democratic, like the seat in Springfield being vacated by Republican Mark Wright.

But Democratic Leader Jeff Harris says his party was able to pick up seats because it had good candidates and voters opposed many Republican policies.

And he says voters were sending Republican legislators and Republican Governor Matt Blunt a message.

Republicans defend their policies, saying Medicaid cuts were necessary.

And House Speaker Pro Tem Carl Bearden says Republican will be re-creating a new and better Medicaid program in the upcoming session.

He says that will be one of several Republican priorities.

Democrats will have their priorities as well.

Harris says his party will focus on asserting its agenda.

In the senate, Republicans maintained control but Democrats picked up two seats, one vacated by a Republican and one in which a Republican incumbent was defeated.