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Democrats gain seats in seven state legislative chambers

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November 11, 2010

By Greg Janetka

With 87 partisan state legislative chambers in play on November 2, Democrats gained seats in only 7. These included two lower chambers - the California State Assembly and the Delaware House of Representatives - along with state senates in Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, and West Virginia. None of these chambers changed hands after the 2010 election, with Democrats controlling 6 of the 7. Democrats picked up no more than 2 seats in any of the chambers.

State legislative chambers where Democrats gained seats on November 2
State Chamber Number of seats gained by Democrats
California Assembly + 2
Delaware House + 2
Hawaii Senate + 1
Maryland Senate + 2
Massachusetts Senate + 1
Missouri Senate + 1
West Virginia Senate + 1

Lower chambers

California

Democrats gained 1 seat in the California Assembly. They hold a 22 seat majority.

California State Assembly
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 50 52
     Republican Party 27 28
     Independent 1 -
     Vacancy 2 -
Total 80 80


Delaware

Democrats gained 2 seats in the Delaware House of Representatives. They hold an 11 seat majority.

Delaware House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 24 26
     Republican Party 17 15
Total 41 41


State senates

Hawaii

Democrats gained 1 seat in the Hawaii State Senate. They hold a 23 seat majority.

Hawaii State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 23 24
     Republican Party 2 1
Total 25 25


Maryland

Democrats gained 2 seats in the Maryland State Senate. They hold a 23 seat majority.

Maryland State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 33 35
     Republican Party 14 12
Total 47 47


Massachusetts

Democrats gained 1 seat in the Massachusetts State Senate. They hold a 32 seat majority.

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 5 4
Total 40 40


Missouri

Democrats gained 1 seat in the Missouri Senate. Republicans hold a 10 seat majority.

Missouri State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 11 7
     Republican Party 23 27
     Vacancy - 1
Total 34 34


West Virginia

Democrats gained 1 seat in the West Virginia Senate. They hold a 7 seat majority.

West Virginia State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 26 27
     Republican Party 8 7
Total 34 34


See also