There has been a shift to the right by voters across the United States since 2008.
That shift has played out in presidential and state politics in almost every state. Polling from Gallup showed Americans in most every state identifying more as Republican. U-H political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus says this tends to happen when one party holds the White House for eight years.
“We’ve had states moving in that direction in response to a more Democratic and liberal policy from the federal government during those years of the Obama Administration,” Rottinghaus explained.
TCU political scientist James Riddlesperger told KTRH the Democrats simply haven't done a good job with the power they had.
“The organizational problem is that the Democrats have not done as good of a job as the Republicans did in recruiting quality candidates to run for office,” Riddlesperger stated, adding that they also didn't do a good job in terms of fundraising and organizing that the state level.