President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress' victories in November "actually undersell the GOP's unprecedented dominance at the state level," according to The Washington Post, who noted 10 states where the Democratic Party is "on life support."
Going by a three-point criteria: One, that the state's House and Senate are 70 percent Republican; two, that statewide offices such as governor and treasurer are 75 percent filled by the GOP; and three, that their members of the U.S. House of Representatives are 75 percent Republican.
The Post found that Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming all fit the criteria.
"The fact that Republicans dominate most of these states won't be all that shocking," writes the Post's Aaron Blake.
"But the extent to which they do is what's unusual. Democrats, by contrast, wield such control over just three states: Hawaii (where Democrats are 25 for 25 in the state Senate), Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Apart from those, in no state do Democrats have at least 70 percent of both state chambers.
"And just as the GOP is largely invisible in those three states, the Democratic Party is missing in action in many states across middle America — states in which the Republican Party is basically the only game in town."
Democrats are currently embroiled in a race for the next party chairman, with former Labor Secretary Tom Perez emerging as one of the leading candidates.
Perez told CNN that Democrats are battling "existential threats," including their low popularity with white voters in rural areas.
"That's why I'm going out to rural America next week — to Wisconsin and Kansas — to talk to them about, what was it about our message that didn't resonate with you?" he said. "We have to make house calls in this job."
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