Conservative Surge Puts GOP Control of States at 95-Year High

The “surge” is only worthwhile if they start to get some things done — which means fixed! Here is Rachel del Guidice writing at The Daily Signal:

Republicans now control the governorship and legislature in 26 states and conservative leaders say this trend continues to grow in Republicans’ favor.

“Over the last seven years since we have covered state legislatures and state executives pretty extensively, there’s been a significant shift from Democratic-controlled state governments to Republican,” Geoff Pallay, editor in chief at Ballotpedia, a website focused on elections, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

“Whatever happened in 2010 has remained,” Pallay said, adding:

So in 2010 there were 12 Republican governors elected who took over for Democrat governors as their predecessor. And then in 2014, 11 of those 12 won re-election. So the party didn’t change. So whatever the wave was in 2010 didn’t recede in 2014.

The trend of widespread Republican leadership continued.

With West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement Aug. 3 of his switch from Democrat to Republican, the GOP has 26 “trifectas” while Democrats hold six, Ballotpedia notes.

A trifecta is a situation where “one political party holds the governorship, a majority in the state Senate, and a majority in the state House in a state’s government,” it says.

Conrad Lucas, chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party, told The Daily Signal that he isn’t surprised by his state’s flip to GOP control on all three of those fronts.

“It isn’t necessarily surprising to us, because West Virginians are conservatives,” Lucas said, adding:

We’re a state where it’s very difficult for the Democrat Party to make an argument where it has the best interests of the state at heart, because as the Democrat Party has moved so far to the left. They directly attack the coal industry, they directly attack social conservative values. And obviously when you are attacking the state on both fiscal and social fronts as a party, it is very difficult for folks to vote for your candidates.

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