Despite pre-election optimism, Democrats failed to win a majority in Utah's House of Representatives-they gained only one seat.

Were Democrats unrealistic to think they could overcome a 48-27 disadvantage in the House in one election? Absolutely not. In 23 Utah House elections since 1944, the minority party rebounded 11 times to capture a majority. The four biggest flip-flops are listed below.

Year Democrats Republicans

1944 45 15

1946 21 39

1956 24 39

1958 42 22

1964 39 30

1966 10 59

1968 21 48

1970 38 31

1956