State governments set to shift toward Republicans in today's vote

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November 2, 2010

By Leslie Graves

Which political party will have a dominant position in the 50 state governments after today's election? One way to measure this is by looking at partisan control in five key state government positions:

Heading into the November 2, 2010 election, the Democratic Party holds 145, or 58%, of the available 250 positions, while the Republican Party holds 95, or 38.8%. 8, or 3.2%, are "other."

However, with the Republican Party expected to pick up as many as 6 gubernatorial seats, 6 state Attorney General positions, 7 Secretary of State positions, and between 10-15 state legislative chambers, at the end of the night, the Republican Party may control about 140-145 positions, while the Democratic Party may control around 95-100.

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State Before November 2010 After November 2010
Governor Atty Gen Sec'y of State State Senate State House Governor Atty Gen Sec'y of State State Senate State House
Alabama
Alaska NA NA
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii NA NA
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska NA NA
Nevada
New Hamp Gov appt Leg elect
New Jersey Gov appt Gov appt
New Mexico
New York Gov appt
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma Gov appt
Oregon
Pennsylvania Gov appt Gov appt
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee Ct appt Leg elect
Texas Gov appt
Utah NA NA
Vermont
Virginia Gov appt
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming Gov appt

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