With just three seats yet to declare in Essex, the Conservatives have retained control of Essex County Council but with a severely reduced majority.
UKIP made eight gains and the Greens two. Labour also bounced back after the poor result four years ago.
38 councillors are required for an overall majority in Essex; the Conservatives currently have 40 seats.
Regardless of the result in Thursday's election, Northamptonshire will have fewer county councils because of boundary changes.
The Tories have been sent a warning in their traditional Essex heartland, losing nine county council seats to a bullish UKIP.
Suffolk County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 2005. On Thursday there were elections for 75 councillors.