Data: State of quorum; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj / Axios
There are twice as many states that have strong Republican-controlled legislatures than those with strong Democratic-controlled ones, according to Quorum’s new 2021 State Legislative Trends report.
Why is this important: The power of state legislatures has been exposed nationwide in recent weeks, with Texas and other states passing voting and abortion restrictions, as well as coronavirus-related laws, as well as redesigning them. constituency boundaries for the next decade.
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Sixteen states have strong Republican control, compared to eight states with strong Democratic control.
Fourteen states have slight Republican control. Eleven states, plus Washington, DC, have slight Democratic control.
Nebraska has the only unicameral legislature and has no formal party alignment – although most members tend to affiliate with political parties in the state.
Between the lines: The data reveals how Republicans have more control over state laws in the United States, but it also shows which states could most easily be toppled.
Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Virginia have the thinnest partisan advantages in their state legislatures. Minnesota only has a 3% Democratic advantage and Virginia 16%.
Of the 10 thinnest state legislative majorities, only three lean Democrats.
The rest are pretty Republican, potentially giving Democrats a chance to regain control of more state legislatures in the next election.
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