This election year has been full of surprises and Election Day itself didn’t disappoint. While things were certainly memorable at the top of the ticket, state legislative races also made their mark on Tuesday night. Overall, Republicans bested expectations. Having already reached the peak of control in party history, Republicans will maintain a similar level of control, in a year when many expected Democrats to net seats and chambers.

Post-election, Republicans will control 66 of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers, Democrats will control 31 chambers and one chamber will be tied. This means, Republicans will control both chambers of the legislature in 32 states, which is an all time high for the party, Democrats will control both chambers in 14 states and three states will be split controlled or tied. 

Here is the list of chambers that changed hands.

Three chambers switched from Democratic to Republican control:

  • Kentucky House
  • Iowa Senate
  • Minnesota Senate

Four chambers switched from Republican to Democratic control:

  • New Mexico House
  • Nevada Assembly
  • Nevada Senate
  • Washington Senate (Republicans, however, will have functional control as one Democrat will caucus with the Republicans.)

And one chamber will be tied:

  • Connecticut Senate

The Alaska House will be governed by a coalition that gives Democrats functional control of the chamber, despite Republicans leading the chamber numerically. 

The New York Senate will be governed by a coalition that gives Republicans functional control of the chamber, despite Democrats leading the chamber numerically.

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