Public Policy Alert
By Jeremy Kudon and Scott Ward
Democrats saw big gains across the board on election night 2017 and exit polls showed voters intended the results to be a clear rebuke of the Trump administration.
Democrats will have two new “tri-fectas” where they control the Governor’s office and both chambers of the legislature in New Jersey and Washington. Moving forward Democrats will have eight tri-fectas while Republicans hold 26. Nationally Democrats will control 33 legislative chambers to 66 held by Republicans, a net gain of two chambers last night for Democrats.
Historical trends suggest this is just the first of several bad election nights for state level Republicans to come. The party in control of the White House historically loses state level elections. Under President Obama the Democratic party lost 913 state legislative seats. Republicans under George W. Bush lost 324 and Democrats under Bill Clinton lost 524. Large partisan swings are becoming more of the norm in American politics and that norm will continue under President Trump.