Despite the millions they spent to oust Republicans in the state legislatures, Democrats made little headway against Republicans on Tuesday’s Election Day.
Worse for the Democrats, next year is the year states begin redistricting to reflect the 2020 census. Because of their massive loss at the polls Tuesday, in many state legislatures Democrats will be locked out of the work to redraw legislative districts, and that means the Republicans will be able to further entrench their power.
As the Wall Street Journal reported:
As of late Wednesday, Republicans had flipped control of two chambers, the New Hampshire state House and Senate, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. Arizona’s state Senate and House were too close to call.
Of the 98 partisan chambers, Republicans will control at least 59 next year. (Nebraska has a nonpartisan, unicameral Legislature.)
Republicans will control both legislative chambers in 24 of the 36 states in which legislatures draw district lines for U.S. Congress, the state legislature itself, or both, according to the conference.
The Democrats wasted $88 million trying to flip seats blue this year, according to Pew.
“In most states, the election will maintain existing conditions, a shift from recent elections in which at least a half-dozen chambers changed control, according to Wendy Underhill, director of the elections and redistricting team at the National Conference of State Legislatures,” Pew wrote.
Underhill added that the Democrats’ inability to flip any important seats blue is “jaw-dropping.”
To underscore the massive failure of the Democrats this year, Underhill noted that this year’s elections will bring the fewest party control changes in the state legislatures since 1944, when only four changed hands.
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