State legislative races can feel low stakes when compared to national political contests. But 2022 is shaping up a little differently.
Democratically-aligned super PACs and party-affiliated groups are spending tens of millions of dollars around the country to try to change the composition of state legislatures in key swing states, warning that fair elections could hang in the balance.
The Republican Party aims to defend its majorities and to flip chambers in states where Democrats currently control both the legislature and governorship.
In either scenario, these legislative bodies have become increasingly powerful in setting policy around health care, voting, education and reproductive rights.
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