Mid-Term Elections Expand One-Party Control in Several States

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This week, elections were held across 46 states for 6,278 of the country's 7,383 state legislative seats, 30 attorneys general positions, and 36 governorships as well. The election results mirrored much of what occurred in the federal election cycle with Democrats having a surprisingly successful evening. While Republicans will still control at least 53 state legislative chambers, Democrats will now control at least 38 as they were able to flip control of the Minnesota Senate, both chambers in Michigan, and the Pennsylvania House. For the first time in some time, both Minnesota and Michigan will have one party Democratic rule of both the legislative and executive branches of government.

Democrats also had a successful night in gubernatorial races as they were able to flip the states of Massachusetts and Maryland, and they currently hold the lead in the Arizona though that race remains too close to call.  Republicans, on the other hand, seem to be on the path to taking the governorship of the State of Nevada. Meanwhile, the longest serving attorney general in the country – Tom Miller of Iowa (D) – lost his race and will now vacate the office he’s held since 1978. Clearly, reproductive rights in response to the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade had an impact on turnout. The states of California, Michigan, and Vermont all approved measures that codify reproductive rights in their state constitutions. Michigan Proposal 3, in fact, extends protections of not only abortion rights but also contraception.