DETROIT (AP) - Republicans regained control of the Michigan House and increased their advantage in the Senate, giving incoming governor Rick Snyder plenty of allies at the state Capitol when he takes office next year.
Democrats have held control of the 110-seat House since 2007. But Republicans on Tuesday were able to win enough open seats and defeat at least seven incumbents to retake the House.
They also increased their majority in the 38-seat Senate, winning at least 24 races and leading in two others as of early Wednesday. They now hold a 22-16 edge.
Republicans had won 58 House races and were leading in five others as of early Wednesday.
''It's crazy, but it's a good crazy,'' said Rep. Pete Lund, a Republican from Macomb County's Shelby Township and a leader of the House Republican campaign effort. ''We're going to sit down together and change the direction of the state of Michigan.''