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November 04, 2010

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Erik

Tim, the article (near the end) says, "Democrats also made gains in the east and west." Should that be, "Republicans also made gains in the east and west."?

Thanks for the updates!

NCSL Blog Team

You are correct Erik, we have made that change. Thanks for noticing the error and bringing it to our attention.

David

Great website, updates, & graphics! Good work! I notice that the Louisiana House is currently 51D/50R , while the Mississippi Senate is 27D/25R. No margin of error for the Democrats. Since these two states didn't have legislative elections this year, don't count out a few party switchers soon, with those two states turning from blue to yellow on your map. All it takes is one or two in each of those two chambers. They can see the handwriting on the wall now. Arkansas will be the last entirely Democratic controlled legislative holdout in the South, and even that is slipping fast.

John M.

By the end of this decade, every legislature and governor's mansion in the South (former Confederacy plus Oklahoma, Kentucky, and West Virginia) will be controlled by Republicans.

Albert Parker

It’s just not true that "in the Minnesota Senate . . . Republicans will be in the majority for the first time ever, although the legislature was nonpartisan until 1974." The following data were compiled by political scientist Walter Dean Burnham in the 1960’s. The Minnesota State Historian or the clerk of the Minnesota State Senate ought to be able to confirm details.

Minnesota was admitted to the union in 1857 and held its first state legislative elections in that year. State legislative elections were NOT "nonpartisan."

Results of Minnesota State Senate Elections, by Party, 1857–1912
1857: Democrats (D) 20, Republicans (R), 17—Democratic Party control of Minn. Sen.
1859: D 13, R 23, Other (O) 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1861: D 5, R 16—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1863: D 6, R 14, Other (O) 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1865: D 7, R 14—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1867: D 7, R 15—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1869: D 8, R 14—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1871: D 12, R 29—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1873: D 13, R 28—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1874: D 18, R 21, O 2—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1876: D 15, R 26—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1877: D 14, R 27—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1878: D 16, R 23, Greenback (G) 2—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1880: D 11, R 29, G 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1882: D 10, R 37, O 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1884: D 17, R 30—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1886: D 16, R 30, O 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1888: D 16, R 31—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1890: D 15, R 27, Farmers Alliance 12—Tie between Republicans and coalition of Democrats and Farmers Alliance, but the lieutenant-governor, who presided, was a Republican, so it is likely that there was REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF THE MINNESOTA SENATE
1892: D 15, R 26, People’s or Populist (P) 13—A Democratic-Populist coalition could have controlled the Senate if they all voted together for committee assignments, etc. (lieutenant-governor still a Republican, able to break tie in favor of Republicans if one Populist defected)
1894: D 3, R 46, P 6—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1896: D 3, R 46, P 5—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1898: D 18, R 44, O 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1900: D 18, R 44, O 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1902: D 11, R 52—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1904: D 10, R 53—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1906: D 20, R 43—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1908: D 18, R 44, P 1—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1910: D 20, R 41, O 2—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!
1912: D 20, R 41, O 2—REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF MINNESOTA SENATE!

BEGINNING WITH THE 1914 ELECTION, Minnesota election law required “nonpartisan” election of state legislators, and state senators could henceforth not be identified legally as Republicans or Democrats.

It may be that the 2010 election marks the first time Republicans, under that label, have won control of the Minnesota Senate since state legislative candidates were again allowed to run with party labels beginning in 1974.

Albert Parker

The list of blog links by state at the left is nice, but I'd swear that "The Capitol Record," listed after "NY:" and among several other New YORK blogs, is about New HAMPSHIRE: Gov. Chris Gregoire is prominently mentioned.

Tim Storey

Albert,

You are absolutely correct about the Minnesota senate. In the swirl of election night, I forgot to double-check and made the erroneous assumption that Minnesota elections were always nonpartisan before switching to partisan in the 1970s. Now, I know. I will fix the post. Thank you.

Tim

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