Interesting: County Elections Have Been Trending Toward Republicans Since 2009
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Counties, county elected officials have been trending more Republican since 2009:
Of course, we’re just talking about counties here. It would be interesting to see if this trend held true for municipal and other local offices as well. It certainly seems to jibe with the outcomes of state legislative races in the 2010 cycle where Republicans picked up control 19 legislative bodies to take a majority over Democrats.
That’s a positive for Republicans long-term. After all, governors and congressman and senators usually start their political careers in a lower-level office like city council or on a county commission or in the state legislature. More Republicans in those local positions not only means more conservative local government (one would hope, anyway) but a “deeper bench” of experienced candidate available to run for higher office.Tags: democrats, elections, republicans