GOP Lost 174 State Legislative Seats

Of the 6,034 state legislative races throughout the nation, Republicans had a net loss of 174 seats--two-thirds of them in New Hampshire.

Back in the 2010 elections, a previous issue of this newsletter reported that the GOP had gained 680 state legislative seats.  This resulted in the highest number of Republican seats in the legislatures since 1928.

Seal of New HampshireThis year, the 400-member New Hampshire House of Representatives was an unmitigated disaster for the Republican Party.

Ballotpedia records that, before the election, the GOP had 288 members in the House, the Democrats had only 103, and there were 2 independents and 7 vacancies.

In the 2012 election, Democrats gained 118 seats to increase their numbers to 221 and the GOP dropped down to 179 seats, with no independents.

Republicans also lost 6 seats in the 24-member New Hampshire Senate, from 19 to 13, but still maintained their majority.  The Democrats went from 5 seats to 11.

By comparison, here are the results from Politico of the presidential race in New Hampshire:

Barack Obama (D) 368,529 (52.2%)
Mitt Romney (R) 327,870 (46.4%)
Gary Johnson (L) 8,319 (  1.2%)
Virgil Goode (C) 1,156 (  0.2%)

And from Wikipedia, here are results of the Granite State's gubernatorial race:

Maggie Hassan (D) 378,258 (54.6%)
Ovide Lamontagne (R) 294,477 (42.5%)
John Babiarz (L) 19,868 ( 2.9%)

Hassan carried every county in the state.

For the rest of the nation, the Democrats picked up a net of 59 seats.  The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reports that altogether, Democrats gained 7 chambers, while Republicans gained 4 chambers.

Democrats gained 5 seats in the Colorado House to take control 37 to 28.  Republicans picked up 1 seat in the Senate, but Democrats are still in charge 19 to 16.

Maine and Minnesota were states where the Democrats picked up both houses of the legislature.

In the Pine Tree State, Democrats picked up 15 seats in the House and now have 86 to 61 for the Republicans and 6 others. In the Senate, the Democrats gained 6 seats and are now in control 21 to 13 with 1 independent.

In the Gopher State, Democrats gained 12 seats in the House and now control it 73 to 61. In the Senate, the Democrats gained 9 seats and control it 39 to 28.

The Alaska Senate and the Oregon House were both equally divided, but as a result of the elections, the GOP came out on top, 13 to 7, in Alaska and the Democrats prevailed, 34 to 26, in Oregon.

"Arkansas was probably the biggest prize for the GOP," the NCSL noted, where the Party picked up 6 seats in the Senate and 6 seats in the House to gain complete control of the legislature.  The Republican advantage is now 21 to 14 in the Senate and 51 to 49 in the House.  The governor, Mike Beebe, is a Democrat.

In Wisconsin, Republicans picked up 3 seats in the Senate, to win back control which they had lost in the recall elections earlier in the year. They now have 18 seats to 15 for the Democrats.  In the Assembly, the GOP picked up 2 seats and has a 60 to 39 majority.

The situation in the New York Senate is very unusual.

Before the election, Republicans held a 33 to 29 majority.  After the election, the New York Times reports that the GOP has 30 seats and the Democrats have 31 and are expected to win 2 more when all of the votes are counted in contested elections.

However, Republicans and a group of 5 dissident Democrats have formed a coalition to take control of the Senate.  And a sixth Democrat, Simcha Felder from Brooklyn, said he will join the GOP caucus, giving the new alliance at least 36 votes.  And it is possible more Democrats might join this group in order to participate in the majority.

Meanwhile, the GOP lost 5 seats in the Assembly and are now outnumbered by the Democrats 105 to 44 with 1 independent.

Overall, Republicans have control of both houses of the legislature in 26 states, while the Democrats are in complete legislative control in 19 states. 4 states have split control, while Nebraska has a nonpartisan, unicameral legislature.

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