NACDS’ Anderson provides state-level election results analysis
Aggressive engagement at the state level will remain a top priority of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in 2019, in partnership with allied state associations and other key in-state partners. That’s according to NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson in a recent memo, in which he provided the following overview of the state elections:
Eighty-seven of the 99 state legislative chambers were up for election with over 80% of the total state legislative seats in the country in play. The outcomes of the state elections indicate gains by Democrats. Preliminary results indicate that Democrats gained control of at least seven state legislative chambers, less than the average 12 chambers that change party hands in every two-year election cycle dating back to 1900.
These seven chambers include the Colorado Senate, Connecticut Senate (tied prior to the election), Maine Senate, Minnesota House, New Hampshire Senate and House, as well as the New York State Senate.
Party control of the Alaska House is pending the outcome of several races that are still too close to call and results are still being tabulated. Republicans retain majority control of 29 state legislatures while Democrats control 18 state legislatures.
Currently, Minnesota is the only state in the nation where the legislature is divided — the Senate remains in Republican control while the House flipped to the Democrats. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the last time that occurred nationally was in 1914. State legislative control is pending in Alaska as results are still being tabulated. Nebraska has a non-partisan, unicameral chamber.
Gubernatorial elections took place in 36 states in 2018. Democrats picked up seven governors’ offices, including Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wisconsin, while Republicans gained one in Alaska. The net effect is Republicans hold 27 of the 50 governorships next year while the Democrats hold 23.
Preparing for 2019 Republicans maintained their control over a majority of state governments with combined control of the state legislative chambers and the governorships in 21 states (down from 25) while Democrats will now control 14 state governments (up from eight). Thirteen states have divided control (down from 16). Nebraska is nonpartisan. Alaska is pending the outcome of the House races.
In Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voters approved ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid coverage while Montana voters rejected a ballot measure to remove the sunset date for the current Medicaid expansion that was tied to a tobacco tax increase.
Earlier this year, Oregon voters approved a tax plan levied on Oregon’s largest hospitals and many health insurance policies by 2019. Funds will be spent on Oregonians’ health care.
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