With 36 gubernatorial races and 87 out of 99 state legislative chambers holding elections this year, control of governments at the state level was once again put to voters. Five of the 36 governor’s mansions up for grabs flipped to another party yesterday, with three more races still too close to call. This brings the new total breakdown to 31 Republican governors, 16 Democratic governors, and three states where the outcome is still undecided. That compares to the current breakdown of 29 Republicans and 21 Democrats—meaning a net gain of at least two governorships for the GOP.
Down ballot from the gubernatorial elections, 46 states held some sort of state legislature elections, with only Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia not voting for state-level offices. Going into the November 4 elections, Democrats controlled 21 state House and 18 state Senate bodies, while Republicans held majorities in 28 state House and 31 state Senate chambers. Nebraska has only one, technically non-partisan, legislature, though the majority of its members are Republicans. After the newly-elected members are sworn in later this year and early next year, Democrats will now hold majorities in 14 state House and 15 state Senate chambers. Republicans, in turn, will control 33 House and 30 Senate chambers. One state Senate is now split equally between the parties and there are four state legislative bodies still undecided as of now.
Prior to the election, Democrats held the governorship and state House and Senate in 14 states, compared to 23 states where all three were led by Republicans. This is now the case in seven states for Democrats and 23 states for Republicans, leaving 18 states with split party control of their government and states that remain undecided at this stage of the vote counting process.
To read more of ARTBA’s post-election analysis, visit here: 2014 ARTBA Post-Election Report.