These are the 18 state legislative chambers to watch that could change hands in 2016


via Daily Kos


America’s historic presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has rightly dominated the headlines, but voters will weigh in on crucial battles for state legislatures across the country, with the potential for far-reaching policy and political consequences. After their 2014 wave, Republicans dominate state legislatures at a rate not seen since the Civil War and control 69 legislative chambers to the Democrats’ 30. That leaves Democrats with little place to go but up.

As shown in the map at the top of this post, where each state is rendered the same size, 86 of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers hold elections for some or all of their seats in 2016.