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According to the new quorum, there are twice as many states that have solid, Republican-controlled legislatures as those that have solid, Democratic-controlled. 2021 State Legislative Trends Report.

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why it matters: The power of state legislatures has been on national display in recent weeks, with voting and abortion restrictions in Texas and other states, and coronavirus-related laws redefining electoral district boundaries for the next decade.

  • Sixteen states have solid Republican control, compared to eight with solid Democratic control.
  • Fourteen states have modest Republican control. Eleven states, plus Washington, DC, have little Democratic control.
  • only in nebraska unicameral legislature, and they have no formal party alignment – ​​although most members are affiliated with state political parties.

Between the lines: The data shows how much control Republicans have over state laws in the US, but it also shows which states can be most easily flipped.

  • Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire, Michigan and Virginia have the thinnest partisan gains in their state legislatures. Minnesota has only a 3% Democratic advantage, and Virginia has 16%.
  • Of the 10 slimmest-state legislature majorities, only three are lean Democrats.
  • The rest of the lean Republicans, potentially handing Democrats a shot at taking back control of more state legislatures in the upcoming elections.


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