ElectionsInfo.net     An Internet archive of election results and analysis

ElectionsInfo

United States

International

Search

   Legislative races tilting Dems' way in '08

NEWS INFORMATION

Parent

Parent

News Date

10/15/2008 3:00 pm

Author

Media

Category

Analysis

Database Record

Entered 10/20/2008, Updated 10/20/2008

Original Article

Link

Description

The nation’s worsening economic picture and Democrat Barack Obama’s widening lead in the presidential race appear to be boosting the prospects for Democrats to expand their lead in the state legislatures. Democrats today hold a 27-20 lead in control of state Senates and a 30-19 lead in state Houses. Two state Senates are tied. With 20 days until Election Day, “Out There” rates 25 chambers as in play – about 30 percent of the 84 legislative bodies electing members this fall in 43 states. Of those, 11 chambers are rated Toss-Ups, seven with Republican and four with Democratic majorities. (Nebraska also is holding legislative elections, but its unicameral legislature is nonpartisan.) If there is a Democratic wave on Election Day, the party could be looking at a net gain of four chambers, perhaps even more. Still, a massive shift may not be in the cards, given how much low-hanging fruit the Democrats grabbed in 2006.


NEWS OF NEWS

Date

Category

Headline


DISCUSSION

All information on this site is © ElectionsInfo.net and should not be used without attribution.