GOP ties Democrats in state Senate, closes gap in House

With a gain of three seats in the state Senate, the GOP transformed a 21-15 Democratic majority into an evenly divided chamber where ties can be broken by the presiding officer, Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.
With possible recounts in two races, Republicans made a net gain of eight seats in the House of Representatives, leaving Democrats with a probable 79-72 majority when the new General Assembly convenes in January. It is the biggest shift of power in the legislature since the combination of a Ronald Reagan landslide and the party lever delivered a solidly Republican legislature in 1984.
Republicans made stunning gains in state legislative races Tuesday to force a likely 18-18 tie in the Senate and narrow the Democratic majority in House, overcoming a Democratic tide at the top of the ticket that carried Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen.…