We’ve well documented the absolute decimation of the Democrat Party under Barack Obama’s presidency — in the form of a net loss of 1,042 seats at the Federal and State level (plus a loss of every single special election during Trump’s presidency).
Republicans now control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and the majority of State legislatures and governorships. There’s a saying that “all politics is local,” so it’s worth looking into how the recent tsunami of Red compares historically for some context as to how significant it truly is.
According to 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.
And part of the explanation for the switch is that people would simply rather live in Red states.
Steve Moore, a visiting fellow for the Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that party control is determining the economic health of states.
“People are leaving blue states. Blue states are losing their political clout because people are leaving blue states,” Moore said, adding:
“This is every day…roughly a thousand people every day leave blue states and move to red states, so that’s a big migration over a decade — That’s like 4 million people over a decade — leaving New York and Connecticut and Illinois and Michigan and even California…and other states. People are voting with their feet against liberalism.”
Here’s to hoping this trend continues…for a long time!