Republicans flipped at least three new state legislative chambers, including taking control of the last state legislative chamber in the South, the Kentucky statehouse. In Wisconsin, Republicans will have their largest state legislative majority since the 1970s, and in North Carolina, Republicans held onto their super-majority in the legislature. Before Tuesday, Republicans controlled so much of America’s state governments that we – and other smart people – predicted they were going to lose least some of their grips, simply because Democrats were so far down they had nowhere to go but up.
- When it comes to control of state government, Republicans dominated at record levels during the Obama years.
- Results are still trickling in, but it looks like Republicans will still control an all-time high 69 of 99 state legislative chambers.
- That means that come 2017, they’ll have total control of government in at least 25 states, and partial control in 20 states.
“When it comes to control of state government, Republicans dominated at record levels during the Obama years. On Tuesday, they somehow managed to become even more dominant.”