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The Hill: Gov. Justice's WVa Flip Gives GOP Control of 26 States

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Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 05:34 PM

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's reported decision to ditch the Democratic Party and become a Republican means the GOP controls all three levers of government in 26 states, The Hill reported.

With his expected announcement Thursday night, Justice will be the 34th GOP governor in America; Republicans already control both chambers in West Virginia's state legislature, The Hill noted.

Republicans also hold the governorship and both legislative chambers in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and New Hampshire.

In Nebraska, a unicameral legislature is ostensibly nonpartisan, but in practice, it is controlled by Republicans, The Hill reported.

Democrats hold 15 governorships and control both chambers of the legislature in six states: Oregon, California, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Delaware.

Republicans control both chambers in Montana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, where Democrats are governors.

And Democrats hold both legislative chambers in Nevada, New Mexico, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont, where there are GOP governors.

Five states have divided legislatures, and chambers in three of those states — Washington, New York and Alaska — are governed by bipartisan coalitions, The Hill reported.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's reported decision to ditch the Democratic Party and become a Republican means the GOP controls all three levers of government in 26 states, The Hill reported.
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