You are using an outdated browser.
Please upgrade your browser
and improve your visit to our site.
Skip Navigation

For the first time in a century, there is only one divided state legislature in America.

Darren Hauck/Getty Images

The Democrats had a big night in Tuesday’s midterms, taking the House of Representative and making important gains at the state level, where they had been eviscerated over the previous decade. On Tuesday, they won full control of six state legislatures, including Colorado, New York, and Connecticut. As a result, there is only one divided state legislature left in the country: Minnesota, where Democrats flipped the state House from red to blue. That hasn’t happened since the year The New Republic was founded.

On Tuesday, Trump and Republicans showed that they were still a force in rural areas, particularly in the South and Mountain West, while Democrats cemented their hold on urban and suburban areas. The map shows just how divided the country is, with rural states solidly red and more urban and northern states solidly blue. For Democrats, who are heartened by the reemergence of the Midwestern blue wall—they won governor’s races in a number of states, including Michigan and Wisconsin—the map also shows that the GOP still has a foothold in this once solidly Democratic area.