The battle for state legislative seats was almost a complete wash. Democrats flipped four chambers, taking over both chambers in Michigan and Pennsylvania. They also gained the “trifecta” — control of both chambers and the governorship — in Maryland and Massachusetts. That’s the best split Democrats have seen since before the 2010 election. Before the 2018 election, Democrats controlled 22 states compared with Republicans’ seven.
That’s an improvement on their pre-election deficit of 138 million to 115 million. The population of the Democratic trifectas will now be north of 140 million (about 42 percent of all Americans) compared with GOP’s 131 million.