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.
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.
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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.