Thursday, November 05, 2015

Republicans now control or partially control 76% of state legislatures: White House puzzled by results

After this past Tuesday's election, the Republicans now control or partially control 76% of the state legislatures in the United States.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest blamed "a variety of reasons" for Republicans' dominating local and state elections on Tuesday.

"There are a whole lot of theories that have been proffered about why Democrats have not performed as well as we would like, either at the state level or in off-year elections. Republicans have focused on redistricting and that has recently started to bear fruit for them.

"Republicans have been more effective in turning out their vote. But obviously, the president would like to see Democrats do better," Earnest said.

Earnest claimed that President Obama's agenda continues to enjoy "strong support across the country and, you know, that's a result of the president's success in winning a broader national debate in 2008 and 2012, The press secretary went on to say the the White House does not know "why the local- and state-level trajectory has not followed the path that we would have liked."

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