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2010 statewide legislative elections in the United States

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Statewide legislative elections in the United States, 2010

November 2, 2010

6,125 out of 7,382 total legislative seats
  Majority party Minority party
Republican Disc.svg
US Democratic Party Logo.svg
Party Republican Democratic
Seats before 3,282, 44.5% 4,022, 54%
Seats won 3,890 3,342
Seat change Increase680 (2 uncalled) Decrease680 (2 uncalled)
Percentage 52.7% 45.3%
Swing Increase 9% Decrease 9%

The 2010 statewide legislative elections were held on November 2, 2010, halfway through President Barack Obama's first term in office. Elections were held for 88 legislative chambers, with all states but Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia holding elections in at least one house. Kansas, New Mexico and South Carolina held elections for their lower, but not upper houses.

Republicans scored record gains, gaining at least 680 total seats and taking control of 19 legislative chambers, while the Democrats lost at least 21 chambers.[1][2]

The winners of this election cycle will serve in their respective legislatures for either a 2- or 4-year term, depending on state election rules.

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  • ✪ How the Supreme Court Decided the 2000 Election | Bush v. Gore


Mr. Beat presents Supreme Court Briefs Florida November 8th, 2000 In one of the closest presidential elections in American history, George W. Bush held a narrow lead over Al Gore. Out of nearly 6 million ballots in Florida, only 1784 votes separated the two. Under Florida law, and since the United States has a winner takes all system, the candidate with the most votes in the state got all of its electoral votes. Because it was so freaking close, state law said there had to be a machine vote recount. After the recount, it was even closer! Now, Bush’s lead was just 327. No worries. Florida law also allowed Gore the option of a manual vote recount, meaning counting them by hand, in whatever counties Gore wanted. He was like, “Uh, yeah,” and picked four counties: Broward, Miami-Dade, Volusia, and Palm Beach. The problem, though, was that Gore was running out of time. Florida law also said (man Florida law says a lot) the state’s election results have to be certified within seven days of the election. Since election day was November 7, that meant the deadline was November 14th. Well three of those four counties didn’t get er done before the deadline. Despite those counties trying to get an extension, the Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, went ahead and announced she would be certifying the votes, ending all the recounts. Al Gore was like nuh-uh. He and Palm Beach County tried to get an injunction against Secretary Harris to prevent her from certifying the votes until those three counties got their recounts done. The Florida Supreme Court said “sure,” and granted the injunction on November 17. On November 21, it ruled that Secretary Harris had to let those counties finish recounting with a new deadline of November 26th. But Miami-Dade county was like, “nah man, that’s not enough time,” and it gave up counting! Gore said “hey hey hey Miami-Dade, you must count,” and tried to get another court order to force them but that one failed. On November 26, Harris certified the election, giving Bush what was now just a 537-vote victory. You know what? Gore sued Harris, arguing the certified results were invalid because the recount process wasn’t finished yet. The Leon County Circuit dismissed his lawsuit, so Gore appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, which, on December 8, ruled in favor of Gore. They demanded that all votes not counted by voting machines had to be manually recounted if they hadn’t been already. Well George W. Bush stepped in and said “hey hey hey wait just a minute” and appealed this decision to the United States Supreme Court. And holy crap, THE VERY NEXT DAY the Supreme Court reviewed the case. Why did the Supreme Court respond quicker than it ever does? Well, this was obviously important. Soon, the deadline for electors to formally submit their choice would be there, and soon after the new President would have to be inaugurated. Things needed to move along. The Court heard oral arguments on December 11th. Through all of this, protesters lined the streets outside. Rarely throughout American history did the country seem so divided. Things were tense, to say the least. So what was the Court really looking at in this case? Well, the issue now was whether or not the Florida Supreme Court violated Article II Section 1 Clause 2 of the Constitution specifically the part that says: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors…” So could the Florida Supreme Court really step in on this? Also, Bush argued that the recounts went against the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, since Florida didn’t have a statewide standard for recounting votes. Each county did it its own way. In response, Gore argued the “intent of the voter” standard, or standard that let you know who a voter meant to vote for in case there were anomalies on the ballot, WAS the standard needed for the Equal Protection Clause. Also, if Florida’s standard wasn’t good enough, certainly other state’s standards would also go against the Equal Protection Clause. Well the Court didn’t see it Gore’s way. On December 12, 2000, they announced they had sided with Bush, which means Bush got Florida’s electors, sealing his victory. It was 7-2. Which means Bush got Florida's electoral votes sealing his victory. The Court said the Florida Supreme Court’s recount order went against the Constitution because it indeed went against the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. They basically said their recount gave special treatment to some ballots over others. So Bush, not Gore, would serve the next eight years as the country’s 43rd President. Because of the unpopularity of George W. Bush as President in later years, Bush v. Gore ultimately because a controversial case. Again, you heard cries of judicial activism, and critics often point out how the justices who normally supported federalism and states’ rights all of sudden ignored that for this case. One of the 2 people on the Court who dissented was justice John Paul Stevens. In his dissent, he said “Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." Oh boy, Justice Stevens. What a burn. What a burn. I'll see you for the next Supreme Court case, jury! Believe it or not, that was my third video about the Election of 2000. Check out my other two below. What do YOU think? Do you agree with the Court with this one? I mean, try to ignore your political affiliation and really think about this one if you can. Side note, if this happened in the 2016 election, would the reaction be different? Let me know below. Thanks for watching.




State Previous LH Previous UH Result Result (House) Result (Senate)
Alabama D 60-45 D 20-15 Republican takeover R 62-43 R 22-12, 1 Ind
Alaska R 22-18 Coal. 16-4 Split R 23-17 10-10
Arizona R 36-24 R 18-12 Republican hold R 40-20 R 21-9
Arkansas D 72-28 D 27-8 Democratic hold D 54-46 D 20-15
California D 50-29, 1 Ind D 26-14, 2 Vac. Democratic hold D 51-29 D 26-14, 2 Vac.
Colorado D 37-27, 1 Ind D 21-14 Split R 33-32 D 19-16
Connecticut D 114-37 D 24-12 Democratic hold D 97-54 D 23-13
Delaware D 24-17 D 15-6 Democratic hold D 26-15 D 14-7
Florida R 76-44 R 26-13, 1 Vac. Republican hold R 81-39 R 28-12
Georgia R 103-73, 1 Ind. R 34-22 Republican hold R 111-68, 1 Ind. R 35-21
Hawaii D 45-6 D 23-2 Democratic hold D 43-8 D 24-1
Idaho R 52-18 R 28-7 Republican hold R 57-13 R 28-7
Illinois D 70-48 D 37-22 Democratic hold D 64-54 D 34-25
Indiana D 52-48 R 33-17 Republican takeover R 60-40 R 36-14
Iowa D 56-44 D 32-18 Split R 58-42 D 27-23
Kansas R 77-48 R 31-9 Republican hold R 92-33 No election
Kentucky D 65-35 R 20-17, 1 Vac. Split D 58-42 R 22-15, 1 Vac.
Maine D 94-55, 1 Ind. D 20-15 Republican takeover R 77-72, 1 Ind. R 20-14, 1 Ind.
Maryland D 104-37 D 33-14 Democratic hold D 98-43 D 35-12
Massachusetts D 142-15, 2 Vac. D 35-5 Democratic hold D 130-30 D 36-4
Michigan D 65-42, 2 Vac. R 22-16 Republican takeover R 63-47 R 26-12
Minnesota D 87-47 D 46-21 Republican takeover R 72-62 R 37-30
Missouri R 88-74, 1 Vac. R 23-11 Republican hold R 105-58 R 22-12
Montana 50-50 R 27-22, 1 Vac. Republican takeover R 67-33 R 28-22
Nebraska Unicameral and non–partisan Senate with 49 members
Nevada D 28-14 D 12-7, 2 Vac. Democratic hold D 26-16 D 11-10
New Hampshire D 216-174, 10 Vac. D 14-10 Republican takeover R 298-102 R 19-5
New Mexico D 45-25 D 27-15 Democratic hold D 36-34 No election
New York D 105-42, 2 I, 1 Vac D 32-29, 1 Vac. Split D 99-50, 1, I Vac. R 32-30
North Carolina D 68-52 D 30-20 Republican takeover R 67-52, 1 Ind. R 30-20
North Dakota R 58-36 R 26-21 Republican hold R 69-25 R 35-12
Ohio D 53-46 R 21-12 Republican takeover R 58-41 R 23-10
Oklahoma R 62-39 R 26-22 Republican hold R 69-32 R 32-16
Oregon D 36-24 D 18-12 Split 30-30 D 16-14
Pennsylvania D 104-92, 1 Vac. R 30-20 Republican takeover R 112-91 R 30-20
Rhode Island D 69-6 D 33-4, 1 Ind. Democratic hold D 66-9 D 29-8, 1 Ind.
South Carolina R 73-51 R 27-19 Republican hold R 75-48, 1 Vac. No election
South Dakota R 46-24 R 21-14 Republican hold R 50-19, 1 Ind. R 30-5
Tennessee R 51-48 R 19-14 Republican hold R 68-31 R 20-13
Texas R 76-73, 1 Vac. R 19-12 Republican hold R 98-51, 1 Vac. R 19-12
Utah R 53-22 R 21-8 Republican hold R 59-16 R 22-7
Vermont D 94-48, 5 P, 3 Ind. D 22-7, 1 P Democratic hold D 93-48, 5 P, 3 Ind. D 21-8, 1 P
Washington D 61-37 D 31-18 Democratic hold D 55-43 D 27-22
West Virginia D 71-29 D 26-8 Democratic hold D 65-35 D 27-7
Wisconsin D 50-45, 2 Ind., 2 Vac. D 18-15 Republican takeover R 60-38, 1 Ind. R 19-14
Wyoming R 41-19 R 23-7 Republican hold R 51-9 R 26-4
State Previous LH Previous UH Result Result (House) Result (Senate)


e • d Summary of the November 2010 state legislature election results
Political Party
Previous total
New total
Net change
% of Seats
Republican 3,282 3,890 +680 52.7%
Democratic 4,022 3,342 -680 45.3%
Independent 56 60 +4 0.008%
Progressive 6 6 0 0.0008%
Independence 2 1 -1 0.0001%

Map key

Color Name Abbreviation Notes
Democratic Party D Major national party; has state-level parties in each state
Republican Party R Major national party; has state-level parties in each state
Vermont Progressive Party P State-level center-left third party operating only in Vermont
Independence Party I A minor centrist political party, mostly active in New York
Governing coalition Coal. A coalition of members of the Democratic and Republican parties in power in the Alaska Senate
[None] Independent Ind. Do not identify with any political party
Vacant Vac. A seat not currently occupied by a legislator


  1. ^ Memoli, Michael A. (November 3, 2010). "State legislative gains give Republicans unprecedented clout to remake districts - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Balz, Dan (November 14, 2010). "The Republican takeover in the states". Retrieved June 4, 2013.
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