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U.S. Election Analysis 2020: Insights for Counties from the 2020 Elections

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    U.S. Election Analysis 2020: Insights for Counties from the 2020 Elections

    The November 3 general election altered the political landscape in Washington, as Democrats appear to have regained the White House and maintained the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans continue to, at least temporarily, control the U.S. Senate until ultimate control of the upper chamber is decided in a pair of runoff election in Georgia on January 5. To help understand the most important election outcomes – and what they mean for counties – the National Association of Counties (NACo) released a comprehensive, two-part 2020 election analysis, which will be updated as races across the country continue to be called.

    The 117th Congress and new Administration will need to tackle significant legislative issues, including a potential COVID-19 relief package, FY 2022 appropriations, climate and energy legislation, surface transportation and water resources reauthorizations, regulatory reform and more. Additionally, the new Congress will include over 80 members who previously served in county government.

    At the state level, the political makeup of governorships and state legislatures saw little change. Republicans were able to gain one governorship, bringing their total to 27-23. The same was true for state legislative chambers, where only a third of the typical partisan change experienced in a general election year occurred, with Republicans retaining their edge at 61-37. NACo’s new analysis details these outcomes, along with significant ballot measures approved or rejected by voters in various states.

    For more information on NACo’s elections analysis, contact:

    • Mark Ritacco, Director of Government Affairs | mritacco@naco.org | 202-942-4240
    • Jessica Jennings, Associate Legislative Director – Transportation | jjennings@naco.org | 202-942-4264
    • Jonathan Shuffield, Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands | jshuffield@naco.org | 512-965-7268
    The November 3 general election altered the political landscape in Washington, as Democrats appear to have regained the White House and maintained the majority in the U.S.
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The November 3 general election altered the political landscape in Washington, as Democrats appear to have regained the White House and maintained the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans continue to, at least temporarily, control the U.S. Senate until ultimate control of the upper chamber is decided in a pair of runoff election in Georgia on January 5. To help understand the most important election outcomes – and what they mean for counties – the National Association of Counties (NACo) released a comprehensive, two-part 2020 election analysis, which will be updated as races across the country continue to be called.

The 117th Congress and new Administration will need to tackle significant legislative issues, including a potential COVID-19 relief package, FY 2022 appropriations, climate and energy legislation, surface transportation and water resources reauthorizations, regulatory reform and more. Additionally, the new Congress will include over 80 members who previously served in county government.

At the state level, the political makeup of governorships and state legislatures saw little change. Republicans were able to gain one governorship, bringing their total to 27-23. The same was true for state legislative chambers, where only a third of the typical partisan change experienced in a general election year occurred, with Republicans retaining their edge at 61-37. NACo’s new analysis details these outcomes, along with significant ballot measures approved or rejected by voters in various states.

For more information on NACo’s elections analysis, contact:

  • Mark Ritacco, Director of Government Affairs | mritacco@naco.org | 202-942-4240
  • Jessica Jennings, Associate Legislative Director – Transportation | jjennings@naco.org | 202-942-4264
  • Jonathan Shuffield, Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands | jshuffield@naco.org | 512-965-7268
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