Nationally, GOP Maintains Advantage in State Government

While Republicans have apparently lost the federal government’s executive branch — and control of the U.S. Senate is up in the air for now — the GOP continues to hold a strong majority of state government positions across the country. Prior to Nov. 3, Republicans held 59 of the 98 chambers (more than 60%), including the Ohio Senate and House. Republicans largely maintained or increased their advantage in this month’s election.

Come January, the GOP will claim trifectas (controlling both legislative chambers and the governor’s office) in 22 states — including in Ohio — compared to 15 for Democrats, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. This is especially noteworthy since legislative district lines for state and federal races will be redrawn in 2021 following this year’s census. 11/18/2020