How does the 2018 legislative midterms stack up against prior midterms?

Democrats gained at least 308 seats in the 2018 state legislative elections, less than the out-of-power party has gained in similar elections

Democrats picked up at least 308 state legislative seats in the November elections, President Trump’s (R) first midterm election.

That’s less than the party out of power has gained in similar elections. For example, Republicans gained about 700 seats in 2010, President Obama’s (D) first midterm, and they gained about 500 seats in 1994, President Clinton’s (D) first midterm. And in President George W. Bush’s (R) first midterm in 2002, Republicans (the party in power) gained more than 100 seats.

In the 86 legislative chambers that held regularly-scheduled partisan elections on November 6, Democrats picked up 63 state senate seats and at least 245 state house seats. Republicans lost 60 Senate seats and at least 236 House seats. Of the more than 6,000 races that were on the ballot, two House races in Alaska and Connecticut remain uncalled.

Democrats gained seats in 62 state legislative chambers—27 state senates and 35 state houses. Republicans gained seats in 11 chambers—seven state senates and four state houses.

Six state legislative chambers changed party control on election night. Democrats flipped the Colorado Senate, Maine Senate, Minnesota House, New Hampshire House, New Hampshire Senate, and New York Senate. Partisan control of the Alaska House (where Republicans won at least 22 of 40 seats) is still unknown due to the potential formation of a bipartisan governing coalition.

Democrats will control 37 chambers in January 2019, while Republicans will control 61 chambers.

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