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Republicans gained majorities in Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Washington, and West Virginia. Of these states, Romney won only West Virginia. These wins in 2014 give the 2016 Republican presidential nominee a strong path to victory in an additional seven states.

In 2014, Republicans expanded their majorities in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, all of which Romney lost. Republican legislative leaders in these states have made Republicans dominant at the state-level in these Midwestern states, paving paths for Republican success at the presidential level. Winning these four states plus the states Romney won in 2012 would give a Republican nominee 270 electoral votes, the exact number needed to win the presidency.

Republicans made net gains in 60 chambers across the country. In addition to states Romney won in 2012, Republicans saw success at the state-level in potential presidential target states, including Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Republicans won new lieutenant gubernatorial seats in 2014 with candidates that diverse candidates that reflect their communities. Republicans of diverse descent serve as lieutenant governors in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and New Mexico. Those four states plus the states Romney won in 2012 would get a Republican presidential nominee exactly to 270 electoral votes.

Republicans have female statewide elected officials across the country, many in traditional blue states. Republican women hold statewide office in potential target states such as Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Wisconsin. With the nine states that have female Republican lieutenant governors or secretaries of state plus the states Romney won in 2012, a Republican presidential nominee would easily pass the requisite 270 electoral votes to become president.
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