Only two of the six counties in the Anglia region have so far declared results but the Conservatives are making the early running.
The Tories have increased their majority fourfold on Essex County Council and made gains in Hertfordshire.
UKIP has lost all its seats in Essex - a county where the party was surging ahead the last time these seats were contested in 2013.
Labour has lost seats in the early results and the Liberal Democrats' performance has been patchy.
Labour lost all its county councillors in Harlow in Essex where Jeremy Corbyn was on the campaign trail just a week ago.
The new town has had a Conservative MP since 2010 but it has been a marginal constituency.
Labour also lost ground in Stevenage where it also have a General Election target seat.
Seven candidates have been battling to become the county's first devolved Mayor with extra powers over transport, housing and investment.