5 States That Made History in the 2008 Election

Several state legislatures had groundbreaking elections this year.

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1. New Hampshire became the first state in U.S. history to give women the majority in a legislative chamber.

2. South Carolina became the only state legislative chamber in the country without any female members.

3. North Carolina elected its first female governor, former Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat.

4. In Tennessee (and Oklahoma ), Republicans will control both legislatures for the first time in history.

5. Colorado is poised to become the first in the United States to have black lawmakers leading both of its legislative chambers. Sen. Peter Groff is the Senate president and Rep. Terrance Carroll has been nominated as speaker of the House.

Sources: Pew Research Center, Denver Post