South Dakota Republicans share in strong national gains

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January 14, 2011

PIERRE, South Dakota: Nationwide, Republicans showed strong gains in state legislatures. The number of Republican state senators grew 15.1%, and the number of Republican state representatives grew 24.0%. This growth translated into gains in 85.2% of state chambers, resulting in 20 new Republican majorities. The following charts illustrate the changes to state majorities before and after the election:

Before

Partisan breakdown before the November 2010 Election
Legislative chamber Democratic Party Republican Party Purple.png Grey.png
State senates 23 18 1 1
State houses 29 15 1 -
Totals: 52 33 2 1

After

Partisan breakdown after the November 2010 Election
Legislative chamber Democratic Party Republican Party Purple.png Grey.png
State senates 16 25 1 1
State houses 16 28 1 0
Totals: 32 53 2 1


Despite these strong national figures, Republicans faired significantly better in South Dakota's state senate elections. In the South Dakota State Senate, GOP representation increased 45.0%. Republicans faired weaker in the 2010 state house elections. In the South Dakota House of Representatives, GOP representation only increased 8.7%. Nevertheless, these gains allowed Republicans to retain their hold on both houses and the governorship. Republicans hold 20 such trifectas nationwide. Ultimately, these trifectas will give the GOP a strong influence on the 2011 redistricting process and shape elections for years to come.


Changes in the South Dakota State Senate

See also:South Dakota 2010 legislative election results
South Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 14 5
     Republican Party 21 30
Total 35 35

Changes in the South Dakota State House

See also:South Dakota 2010 legislative election results
South Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 24 19
     Republican Party 46 50
     Independent 1
Total 70 70

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