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Heading into the 2010 elections there were 32 total trifectas in the United States. After the election, there were five new trifectas, bringing the total to 37 trifectas.
 
Heading into the 2010 elections there were 32 total trifectas in the United States. After the election, there were five new trifectas, bringing the total to 37 trifectas.
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There are three states that complicate the labeling of trifectas. These three unique situations brought the total trifectas from '''37''' to '''36''', decreasing the Democratic states by two and adding one GOP state.
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*In New York, the Democratic party by virtue of the elections controls all three levels of government. However, a power-sharing agreement was reached that gave control of the [[New York State Senate|State Senate]] over to the Republicans, after five elected Democrats pledged to caucus with the GOP. This burst the Democratic trifecta, '''reducing the total trifectas by one state'''.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2012/12/gop-idc-strike-deal-on-ny-senate-power-sharing-04 ''National Journal'' "GOP, IDC Strike Deal on NY Senate Power Sharing," December 4, 2012]</ref>
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*In Virginia, the [[Virginia State Senate|State Senate]] is a tied chamber as a result of the [[Virginia State Senate elections, 2011|2011 elections]]. However, the tiebreaking vote is cast by the [[Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|Lieutenant Governor]], who is a Republican. Thus, control of the [[Governor of Virginia|Governorship]] and [[Virginia State Legislature|state legislature]] effectively rests with the Republicans. This gives Republicans an additional trifecta, '''increasing the total trifectas by one state.'''<ref>[http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/politics/bolling-casts-tie-breaking-vote-on-power-sharing ''NBC 10'' "Republicans take control of Va. Senate," January 11, 2012]</ref>
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*In Washington, the Democratic by virtue of the elections controls all three levels of government. However, a power-sharing agreement was reached that gave control of the [[Washington State Senate|State Senate]] over to the Republicans, after two conservative Democrats pledged to elected Republican leadership to the chamber. This burst the Democratic trifecta, '''reducing the total trifectas by one state.'''<ref>[http://blogs.sos.wa.gov/FromOurCorner/index.php/2012/12/gop-led-coalition-grabs-power-in-wa-senate/ ''Washington Secretary of State'' "GOP-led coalition grabs power in WA Senate," December 10, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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A state government trifecta is when one political party holds these three positions in a state's government:

The concept of the trifecta is important in state lawmaking because in many states, the governor, senate majority leader and house majority leader play decisive roles in the legislative process.

There are currently 37 total trifectas.

The 37 trifectas is the most in more than 60 years.[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Democratic and Republican state government trifectas heading into the 2012 elections

Heading into the 2010 elections there were 32 total trifectas in the United States. After the election, there were five new trifectas, bringing the total to 37 trifectas.

Trifecta complexities

There are three states that complicate the labeling of trifectas. These three unique situations brought the total trifectas from 37 to 36, decreasing the Democratic states by two and adding one GOP state.

  • In New York, the Democratic party by virtue of the elections controls all three levels of government. However, a power-sharing agreement was reached that gave control of the State Senate over to the Republicans, after five elected Democrats pledged to caucus with the GOP. This burst the Democratic trifecta, reducing the total trifectas by one state.[2]
  • In Virginia, the State Senate is a tied chamber as a result of the 2011 elections. However, the tiebreaking vote is cast by the Lieutenant Governor, who is a Republican. Thus, control of the Governorship and state legislature effectively rests with the Republicans. This gives Republicans an additional trifecta, increasing the total trifectas by one state.[3]
  • In Washington, the Democratic by virtue of the elections controls all three levels of government. However, a power-sharing agreement was reached that gave control of the State Senate over to the Republicans, after two conservative Democrats pledged to elected Republican leadership to the chamber. This burst the Democratic trifecta, reducing the total trifectas by one state.[4]
 Trifectas Before and After the 2012 Election 

2010

See also: Democratic and Republican state government trifectas heading into the 2010 elections

Heading into the 2010 elections there were 25 total trifectas in the United States. After the election, there were seven new trifectas, bringing the total to 32 trifectas.

 Trifectas Before and After the 2012 Election 

References