Most states which saw legislative chambers switch to Republican were won by Obama in 2008
By Greg Janetka
As of early afternoon on November 4, 19 chambers in 13 states changed hands from Democratic to Republican. Out of those 13 states, 11 (84.6%) were won by Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.:
|State Legislative Shift on November 2 Compared to States Won by President Obama in 2008|
|State won by Obama in 2008||% of popular vote won by Obama in 2008||Chambers that switched to Republican in 2010|
|New Hampshire||54.3%||Senate, House|
|North Carolina||49.9%||Senate, House|
Republicans won 52 total chambers in the election while Democrats were victorious in only 31 chambers. Heading into the election, Democrats held a 783-member advantage in the state legislatures. Republicans now have a 523-member lead. Thus, there was a 1,306-seat swing in the state legislative elections.