Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Friday Five - September 7, 2018

The Friday Five - September 7, 2018

For the Week of 9/7/2018

Democrats in statehouses across the country are fighting to move America forward. In case you missed it, here are some statehouse highlights from this week:

1.    Democrats' 2018 Primary Turnout Mirrors Previous Wave Elections

Democratic voters are flooding the polls this primary season in a direct rebuke of the self-induced chaos coming from Washington. The last time Democrats’ primary participation spiked like this, a blue wave hit in November. So far, Democrats have seen a 78 percent increase in turnout compared to 2014 and have comprised 53 percent of the total ballots cast. With only 60 days left until the midterm elections, the DLCC is working with our state partners to harness Democrats’ enthusiasm and make sure our candidates and campaigns have everything they need to win: access to our unparalleled data, fully-trained staff and candidates, and winning strategies in place. Following the DLCC’s successes of knocking on more than 3 million doors this summer and having our best fundraising month in our 26-year history, Democrats are confident headed into the midterms.

2.    Democrats take a double-digit lead over Republicans just 2 months before the midterms

With Democrats taking a commanding 14-point lead over Republicans on the generic ballot, Americans are sending a clear message to their elected officials: Let’s put a stop to Trump’s agenda and enact America’s agenda. Tired of Trump and Republicans’ destructive, discriminatory, and divisive policies, voters are taking a stand and calling for change. While federal Democrats fight to regain their majorities, state Democrats have been leading the resistance and acting on critical issues like health care, gun safety, and quality education. With state Democrats only 17 seats away from flipping eight chambers this November, the DLCC is making sure our candidates and state partners have the training, staff, and resources needed to win majorities and expand Democrats’ blue wall.

3.    Record number of women likely headed to elective office in Michigan

With an historic number of Democrats running for state legislatures, we have also seen an influx of women running for elected office in unprecedented numbers. Now, Michiganders have a chance to elect the highest number of women to the Legislature in state history. Right now, only 37 women serve in the state legislature, but the 122 women (75 of them Democrats) on the ballot this year are looking to change that. With more Democratic women inspired to run for state legislatures to champion critical issues, Democratic women are ready to put an end to Republicans’ extremist right-wing agenda and lead Michigan forward.

4.    Suburban and rural voters could decide Iowa House control

There is a clear path for state Democrats to retake the Iowa House for the first time since 2010—and it lies in the state’s suburbs and rural counties. Iowa Democrats have their sights set on nearly two dozen flippable House seats, and the DLCC is working with our Iowa partners and allies to make strong gains. State Democrats have had more success than any other level of the ballot in recent elections, flipping 44 legislative seats from red to blue since Trump’s election. With over 3 million doors knocked so far this summer, record-setting grassroots support, an influx of talented candidates, and a spike in primary participation, Democrats are confident and united heading into November.

5.   Clock ticks down for Pa. Legislature to act on #MeToo bills

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature has failed to advance any of the 25 bills introduced this session meant to address sexual harassment or misconduct— banishing the bills to the cutting room floor once the session is adjourned in just 10 days. With Republicans more interested in peddling a divisive agenda rather than protecting victims of sexual harassment and misconduct, all of these bills have languished in committee without a single vote. But Pennsylvania voters have an opportunity to take a stand this November by electing Democratic legislators who are willing to take a stand, like Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, who introduced the #MeToo Act. The DLCC is looking to make strong gains in Pennsylvania and hold Republicans accountable for their inaction.

- DLCC Has Best Fundraising Month in 26-year History [DLCC Press Release]
- Resistance is not futile: How blue statehouses can protect Americans [DLCC Medium Post]
- Poll: Democrats regain clear advantage in midterms shaping up as referendum on President Trump [The Washington Post]

The next decade is on the ballot in 2018 [Vox]

“What we know is that Texans share some common values. Everyone wants us to be responsible with our money. We also want to live in a world that’s free of discrimination — where everyone gets an equal shot."
-- Julie Johnson
, DLCC Spotlight candidate for TX HD-115

Julie Johnson is a Texas House candidate and a DLCC Spotlight candidate dedicated to putting people above politics while fighting against intolerance. As a lawyer, Julie and has spent the past 30 years representing clients across the greater Dallas area and is committed to tackling wage inequality and criminal justice reform in the Texas Legislature.

9/11/18:   Primary Election in New Hampshire

9/12/18:   Primary Election in Rhode Island

9/13/18:   Primary Election in New York