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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 2:10pm

Two More State Dems Consider Party Switch

Two more Democrats in the state House are considering switching parties.

Valdosta-area state House members Ellis Black and Amy Carter reportedly are weighing a switch to the GOP following this month's Republican tide.

The Valdosta Daily Times reported discussions taking place between Republican leaders and the two rural Democrats.

Carter didn't return a phone call by GPB's deadline, but she told the paper she felt Democrats had gotten disconnected with rural voters.

Black echoed that concern, noting Republicans had not made him any promises if he switched.

"If the speaker had made me promises, I would have run because I know so much of that is beyond the control of the speaker," Black says. "It's hard to get people to disassociate Washington with those of us here on the state level and the people down here on the local level."

Carter said, he feared Democrats were becoming too liberal and both parties racially split.

Three Democrats in the state House have joined GOP ranks since the election two weeks ago.

The defections mean the House now has 111 Republicans, 68 Democrats and one independent.

The party-switching has given House Republicans their largest majority since Reconstruction.

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