Dems broke up GOP control in states across the country, says pollster

Pollster Rob Griffin says Democrats were able to break up Republican control in a number of statehouses across the country in Tuesday's midterms.

"You have Democratic control of the House, and that's suddenly going to be the case that they're going to be a check on the Republican Party," Griffin, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"But then throughout the country as well, the number of state legislatures, governorships, where Republican control was broken up, where suddenly Democrats can become veto points for the Republican Party, it's a really important dynamic," he continued.

"It's going to take a while, I think, for people to sort of absorb that."

Griffin's comments come days after Democrats reclaimed control over the House, while Republicans expanded their Senate majority.

Democrats also gained sizeable margins in state legislatures across the country. 

The party gained majorities in state legislative chambers in Colorado, Maine, New York, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.

Democrats also did away with GOP supermajorities in both chambers in North Carolina, and in the Michigan and Pennsylvania state Senates. 

— Julia Manchester