November 13, 2018: A Look at 2018 State Election
Heading into the November 6 elections, Republicans controlled a majority of state senate and house seats across the country as well as 33 governorships. Following the midterms, 5 legislative chambers (state senates in Colorado, Maine, and New Hampshire, and the state houses in Minnesota and New Hampshire) flipped from Republican to Democratic. Democrats also took control of the tied Connecticut Senate. In addition, the Alaska House moved from a Republican-Democratic coalition to full Republican control, and the New York Senate moved from a Republican-Democratic coalition to full Democratic control. In total, nearly 330 state legislative seats shifted from Republicans to Democrats across the country.
As state legislatures reconvene in 2019, Republicans will control 61 of
the 98 partisan state legislative chambers, and Democrats will control 37
chambers. Republicans will control both chambers of the legislature in 30
states, while Democrats will control both chambers in 18 states, and only 1
state, Minnesota, will have shared control, the lowest number of
split-controlled legislatures since 1914.
In governor’s races, Democratic candidates flipped Republican-held governor’s offices in 7
states (Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin).
In Georgia and Florida, close contests for governor are still under dispute. A
Republican will take the governorship of Alaska, previously held by an
Independent, marking the lone GOP pickup on election night. In the remaining
states where gubernatorial races were held, partisan control of seats remained
the same either through reelection of incumbents, or election of a new governor
of the same party as the outgoing executive. The current post-election count
for governors in 2018 is 25 Republicans and 23 Democrats (pending final
decisions in Georgia and Florida).
The AAP is nonpartisan and seeks to engage decisionmakers from across the
political spectrum on issues related to child health and pediatric practice.
Understanding the political landscape in which decisions will be made, though,
is critical to your advocacy planning and strategy. To help you prepare for
your state’s 2019 legislative session and to share your vision for children
with new lawmakers and governor’s administrations, the state advocacy team will
take part in the next AAP Chapter Chat on Wednesday, November 21 at 12:00 CT to roll out new resources and
help you plan your state advocacy agenda for 2019. We hope you’ll join us!