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Democrats Make Gains in State Legislatures

The two major parties are no longer locked in parity in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Wresting control from...
November 14, 2006

The two major parties are no longer locked in parity in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Wresting control from the GOP in all but one of the chambers that changed hands outright, the Democrats now control the legislatures and state governments in more states than they have since 1994. And not since that election year have so many of the chamber switches gone one way.

Democrats control both houses of the legislature in 23 states, Republicans in 15 and ten are split. Pennsylvania is still undecided as of November 13 with three recounts possible. The Montana House is the only new chamber Republicans won. This adds up to 49 states because Nebraska's legislature is unicameral. Before the election, Republicans controlled 20 state legislatures, Democrats had 19 and 10 were split.