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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Republican Party has dominated state-level politics for the past decade. That's unlikely to change in any dramatic fashion this year.

Democrats added to their numbers among both governors and legislatures in 2018 and 2019, but it's possible they've already plucked most of the low-hanging fruit. Even Democratic strategists admit that their target lists aren't terribly long this year.

There are only 11 races for governor in 2020. Most of those aren't going to be competitive in November. Meanwhile, some 5,000 legislative seats will be in play, but it's more likely that existing Democratic and Republican majorities are going to grow, as opposed to partisan control of many chambers switching hands.

"My sense is there's not a lot of potential for there to be huge changes, in terms of legislative competition," said Kyle Kondik, who edits a political newsletter at the University of Virginia.



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Thank you lamplighter for posting this, as this is the biggest threat to the Democratic Party as I have long argued that the Democratic National Party has focused more on Federal races to their detriment.

ALL politics is local, and the Rethugs have embraced that fact for years.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-01-23 11:01 PM | Reply

This isn't surprising. Within the past 6 months I saw polling that showed the top 10 most popular governors were Republicans. It's amazing how different the GOP is at the federal level vs the state and local level.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-24 08:48 AM | Reply

I keep hearing the GOP is dead. old, white, racists....

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2020-01-24 08:59 AM | Reply

--I keep hearing the GOP is dead. old, white, racists....

One would get that impression if someone only read the retort. We normals balance the raging river of leftist horseschiff with other centrist/libertarian/conservative sites, the sites that are instantly slaughtered by the leftwing collective.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-24 09:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#1 ... ALL politics is local, and the Rethugs have embraced that fact for years. ...

Their winning at the local level is also helped a lot by the manner in which population is spread out across the United States.

As the Senate shows, while they have less population, there are more red states than blue states.

That alone can account for a lot of what the article mentions, e.g., more Republican governors, more Republicans state legislatures. And the latter allows for gerrymandering, which I suspect will only get worse now that there is a Supreme Court sympathetic to the process.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-24 11:05 AM | Reply

"We normals balance"

Because, of course, normal people go around referring to themselves as "we normals". lol

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-25 12:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I keep hearing the GOP is dead. old, white, racists....

It was mighty white of Nullifidian to reinforce those stereotypes for you!

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-25 01:07 AM | Reply

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