The New York Times notes that while Washington is deeply divided, with Democrats controlling the Senate and the White House, the states have become increasingly polarized, but on the whole nearly twice as many states are now under single-party Republican control compared to those under single-party Democrat control.

Though the Nov. 6 election maintained divided government in Washington, the picture is starkly different in capitals from California to Florida: one party will hold the governor’s office and majorities in both legislative chambers in at least 37 states, the largest number in 60 years and a significant jump from even two years ago.

Twenty-four states will be controlled by Republicans, including Alaska and Wisconsin, where the party took the State Senate, and North Carolina, where the governorship changed hands. At least 13 states will be Democratic, including Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon, where control of the legislatures shifted, and California, where the already dominant Democrats gained a super majority in both chambers.

In addition there are six states with a Republican governor and a split legislature, and seven states with a Democrat governor and a split legislature.  There are a couple of reasons why all this is significant.

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