U.S. Politics

Can a blue wave overtake state legislatures, too?

Democrats are within five seats of reclaiming control of state Senates in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin. The party is only a handful of seats away from winning control of lower chambers in Michigan and New Hampshire, too.

Some of the early signs of a coming blue wave have been in special elections for state legislative seats, allowing Democrats to make inroads in a few states. But just as the U.S. House is gerrymandered, so are state legislatures, making the task of flipping chambers difficult—for one of the very reasons that it’s so important.

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