Both Democrats and Republicans spent unprecedented sums on ordinarily sleepy state legislative races this year, and Democrats expected to win back control of legislative chambers in states like Minnesota and Arizona — some even hoped to win control in states like Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Voters had other plans. Only two state legislative chambers, the New Hampshire House and Senate, flipped control, and both toward Republicans.
As a result, Democrats head into their second straight redistricting cycle distinctly behind the eight ball. The consequences could reverberate for a decade, if Republicans manage to draw lines that once again give them an advantage in winning control of the House of Representatives.