State house elections, 2010

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Forty-five state lower houses held general elections for state representatives on November 2, 2010. This is in addition to the 43 state senates that held general elections in November.

There are 49 state houses (Nebraska doesn't have one). The 4 state houses that aren't holding a general election for state representatives in November 2010 are Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia.

See also: State legislative elections, 2010 and Impact of term limits on state house elections in 2010

Battle for majority control

Partisan dominance in state houses
heading into the 2010 state legislative elections
Nevada State AssemblyMassachusetts House of RepresentativesColorado House of RepresentativesNew Mexico House of RepresentativesWyoming House of RepresentativesArizona House of RepresentativesMontana House of RepresentativesCalifornia State AssemblyOregon House of RepresentativesWashington House of RepresentativesIdaho House of RepresentativesTexas House of RepresentativesOklahoma House of RepresentativesKansas House of RepresentativesSouth Dakota House of RepresentativesNorth Dakota House of RepresentativesMinnesota House of RepresentativesIowa House of RepresentativesMissouri House of RepresentativesArkansas House of RepresentativesLouisiana House of RepresentativesMississippi House of RepresentativesAlabama House of RepresentativesGeorgia House of RepresentativesFlorida House of RepresentativesSouth Carolina House of RepresentativesIllinois House of RepresentativesWisconsin State AssemblyTennessee House of RepresentativesNorth Carolina House of RepresentativesIndiana House of RepresentativesOhio House of RepresentativesKentucky House of RepresentativesPennsylvania House of RepresentativesNew Jersey State AssemblyNew York State AssemblyVermont House of RepresentativesVermont House of RepresentativesNew Hampshire House of RepresentativesMaine House of RepresentativesWest Virginia House of DelegatesVirginia State AssemblyMaryland House of DelegatesMaryland House of DelegatesConnecticut House of RepresentativesConnecticut House of RepresentativesDelaware House of RepresentativesDelaware House of RepresentativesRhode Island House of RepresentativesRhode Island House of RepresentativesMassachusetts House of RepresentativesNew Hampshire House of RepresentativesMichigan House of RepresentativesMichigan House of RepresentativesAlaska House of RepresentativesHouses Map 2010.png
See also: Partisan composition of state houses

The 2010 elections for state representatives, looked at from a national level, are a battle for partisan dominance: After the ballots have been cast in November, which party will be the majority party in the most states?

Going into November, the Democratic Party held a commanding lead in the country's state houses, holding majority control in 31 states. Republicans hold the majority in 17 states, with one state (Montana) having an absolutely equal partisan divide.

In the four states with no state house elections in 2010, partisan control is split evenly.

In the 45 states with a general election in 2010, partisan control is as follows:

  • State houses with a 2010 general election controlled by a Democratic majority: 29
  • State houses with a 2010 general election controlled by a Republican majority: 15
  • State houses with a 2010 general election that are split evenly: 1

If the Republican Party were to pick up 7 states in the November 2010 elections, they'd have majority control in 24 state houses and the Democratic Party would have majority in 24 state houses.

According to Tim Storey, an elections analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, when it comes to 2010's state legislative elections, "This is going to be an extremely challenging year for Democrats for a variety of reasons...History is not on their side. Since 1900, the party in the White House loses seats in the legislature in every midterm except for 1934 and 2002. That's a 2-25 losing streak for the party in the White House -- a tough trend to break. Add to that the fact that Democrats are riding high right now at over 55 percent of all seats, and it shapes up to be possibly the worst election for Democrats since 1994."[1]

State houses with elections

State houses with general election Majority party Seats in house Seats up for election Seats impacted by term limits
Alabama State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 105 105 -
Alaska State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 40 40 -
Arizona State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 60 60 5 Democratic Party + 8 Republican Party = 13
Arkansas State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 100 l00 28 Democratic Party + 6 Republican Party = 34
California State Assembly (2010 elections) Democratic Party 80 80 11 Democratic Party + 6 Republican Party + 1 Independent = 18
Colorado State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 65 65 7 Democratic Party + 1 Republican Party = 8
Connecticut State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 151 151 -
Delaware State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 41 41 -
Florida State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 120 120 3 Democratic Party + 20 Republican Party = 23
Georgia State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 180 180 -
Hawaii State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 51 51 -
Idaho State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 70 70 -
Illinois State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 118 118 -
Indiana State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 100 100 -
Iowa State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 100 100 -
Kansas State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 125 125 -
Kentucky State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 100 100 -
Maine State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 153 151 10 Democratic Party + 10 Republican Party + 1 Independent = 21
Maryland State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 153 153 -
Massachusetts State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 160 160 -
Michigan State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 110 110 19 Democratic Party + 15 Republican Party = 34
Minnesota State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 134 134 -
Missouri State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 163 163 18 Democratic Party + 34 Republican Party = 52
Montana State House (2010 elections) Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada 100 100 6 Democratic Party + 9 Republican Party = 15
Nevada State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 42 42 9 Democratic Party + 1 Republican Party = 10
New Hampshire State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 400 400 -
New Mexico State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 70 70 -
New York State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 150 150 -
North Carolina State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 120 120 -
North Dakota State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 94 94 -
Ohio State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 99 99 9 Democratic Party + 4 Republican Party = 13
Oklahoma State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 101 101 1 Democratic Party + 3 Republican Party = 4
Oregon State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 60 60 -
Pennsylvania State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 203 203 -
Rhode Island State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 75 75 -
South Carolina State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 124 124 -
South Dakota State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 70 70 1 Democratic Party + 7 Republican Party = 8
Tennessee State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 99 99 -
Texas State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 150 150
Utah State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 75 75 -
Vermont State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 150 150 -
Washington State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 98 98 -
West Virginia State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 100 100 -
Wisconsin State House (2010 elections) Democratic Party 99 99 -
Wyoming State House (2010 elections) Republican Party 60 60 -
Totals: (29) Democratic Party (15) Republican Party (1) Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada 4,918 4,916 127 Democratic Party + 124 Republican Party + 2 Independent = 253

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