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Democrats Break GOP Supermajority in Georgia State Senate With Special Election Win

Democrats Break GOP Supermajority in Georgia State Senate With Special Election Win

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 5, 2017
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Mara Sloan
DLCC Communications Director
mara@dlcc.org
202.449.6740
 
Democrats Break GOP Supermajority in Georgia State Senate With Special Election Win
Democratic Senator-elect Jen Jordan breaks GOP supermajority
 
WASHINGTON -- Tonight Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post congratulated Georgia Senator-elect Jen Jordan on her victory in the special election for SD-6 and for her important role in breaking Republicans’ supermajority in the Georgia state Senate. On November 7, Jordan was the top vote getter and one of two Democrats to advance to tonight’s runoff, besting five Republican opponents.
 
Breaking Republicans’ supermajority and stranglehold on the Georgia state Senate was a vital step in the DLCC’s strategy to prevent another decade of gerrymandered maps following 2020 redistricting.
 
A longtime resident of the district, Jordan brought a lawsuit against the Secretary of State in 2015 after she uncovered an unprecedented data breach where the Secretary of State’s office unlawfully distributed the personal information of every voter in the state. Endorsed by Georgia Equality and both Planned Parenthood and NARAL, Jordan campaigned on her commitment to protecting the rights of all Georgians, expanding access to affordable health care, raising the minimum wage, and improving public education.
 
“The DLCC is thrilled to both congratulate Senator-elect Jen Jordan on her outstanding victory and announce the end of Republicans’ supermajority in the Georgia Senate,” said Post. “Jen’s campaign embodied the enthusiasm we have seen since Trump’s election -- women nationwide stepping up to run for office to safeguard their communities from Republican extremism at the state and federal levels. Georgia Republicans have abused their power to gerrymander district lines, stifle health care access, and shut the door on progress at the local level. As Georgians and voting rights’ advocates fight to protect democracy in the state, the DLCC is proud to have an ally like Senator-elect Jordan in the chamber ahead of 2020 redistricting.”
 
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers. For over two decades, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in state programs, which has led to Democrats flipping 33 contested seats in 2017 alone. The DLCC is building on Democrats’ winning momentum and continues to lay the groundwork for substantial gains in 2018 in statehouses nationwide. State Democrats recently scored critical victories in Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, New Hampshire, and elsewhere. You can learn more about critical upcoming elections and follow DLCC’s Spotlight Races at races.dlcc.org.
 
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at mara@dlcc.org.
 
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