Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

DLCC Election Update (as of 11/8/18 @ 6:30PM)

DLCC Election Update (as of 11/8/18 @ 6:30PM)

AS OF 6:30PM ET

New Democratic Majorities:  8  Seats Flipped:  372  |  Trifectas:  +7

The DLCC and state Democrats had already flipped 44 seats headed into Election Day, and created a trifecta in Washington state by flipping the Senate from red to blue. 

As results come in, here's what you need to know:

“We are proud that Democrats have picked up majorities in eight chambers and we’ve flipped more than 370 seats from red to blue nationwide. Democrats have also gained seven new trifectas. We know that when Democrats hold the majority in state legislatures, more policies are passed into law that help all Americans. We raised a record $35 million and worked with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in states programs to flip chambers, elect state Democrats, and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. We have elected a new generation of inspiring leaders and we know that a new era of Democratic dominance is on the horizon.” – Jessica Post, Executive Director, DLCC.

NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITIES

COLORADO

Senate Post-Election: 19D - 16R
Senate Pre-Election: 16D - 18R - 1I

House Post-Election: 41D - 24R
House Pre-Election: 36D - 29R

Colorado Senate Democrats have flipped the chamber from red to blue. All five targeted women candidates known as the “Fab Five” won - Jessie Danielson in SD-20, Kerry Donovan in SD-5, Brittany Pettersen in SD-22, Tammy Story in SD-16, and Faith Winter in SD-24. Colorado Senate Democrats have elected Senator Leroy Garcia as Senate President, making him the first Latino President of the Colorado Senate. House Democrats picked up five seats, growing their majority in the chamber. With a new trifecta in the state, Democrats will be poised to enact progressive legislation. 

MAINE

Senate Post-Election: 21D - 14R
Senate Pre-Election: 17D - 18R

House Post-Election: 89D - 57R - 5I
House Pre-Election: 73D - 70R - 7I - 1V

Maine Senate Democrats have flipped the chamber from red to blue and Maine House Democrats expanded their majority, picking up 10 additional seats in the chamber. Democrat Linda Sanborn beat Republican Senate Leader Amy Volk in SD-30. With Governor-elect Janet Mills’ victory, Maine now has a Democratic trifecta.

MINNESOTA

House Post-Election: 75D - 59R
House Pre-Election: 55D - 76R - 3V

Minnesota House Democrats have flipped an impressive 18 seats from red to blue to regain control of the House. As one of the largest donors, the DLCC invested over $506,000 in this program to recruit and support strong candidates, run strategic paid communications, and partnered with in-state allies to execute a record-breaking field program that knocked on over 1.7 million doors. In 2020, all Minnesota Senate seats will be on the ballot, with Democrats only one seat away from regaining the majority in the chamber.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Senate Post-Election: 14D - 10R
Senate Pre-Election: 10D - 14R

House Post-Election: 233D - 167R
House Pre-Election: 176D - 217R - 3I - 4V

New Hampshire House and Senate Democrats have flipped both the chambers, breaking the Republican trifecta. Democrats have flipped at least 59 seats in the House and five seats in the Senate. The DLCC’s Independent Expenditure invested over $430,000 in a joint mail and digital program to target an unprecedented 230 candidates.

NEW YORK

Senate Post-Election: 40D - 23R
Senate Pre-Election: 32D - 31R*

New York Senate Democrats have flipped eight state Senate seats from red to blue, giving true chamber control to the Democrats and putting DLCC Board member and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in a position to become the first African American woman to lead the New York Senate.

CONNECTICUT

Senate Post-Election: 24D - 12R
Senate Pre-Election: 18D - 18R

House Post-Election: 93D - 58R
House Pre-Election: 80D - 71R

With all results in, the DLCC and Connecticut Democrats have picked up six seats in the state Senate, gaining a supermajority in the chamber, and 13 seats in the state House, expanding their leadership in the chamber. The DLCC’s strategic investment of $250,000 in the state for paid communications helped Democratic candidates reach more voters than otherwise possible.

BROKEN REPUBLICAN SUPERMAJORITIES

MICHIGAN

Senate Post-Election: 16D - 22R
Senate Pre-Election: 10D - 27R - 1V

House Post-Election: 52D - 58R
House Pre-Election: 46D - 63R - 1V

Michigan Senate Democrats flipped five seats and have broken Republicans’ supermajority in the state Senate, putting them only four seats away from flipping the chamber in 2022. With House Democrats picking up five seats, Democrats are well positioned to compete for the majority ahead of 2020 redistricting. Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer's victory broke Republicans’ trifecta of power in the state.

NORTH CAROLINA

Senate Post-Election: 21D - 29R
Senate Pre-Election: 15D - 35R

House Post-Election: 54D - 64R - 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 45D - 75R

North Carolina Democrats picked up nine seats in the House and six seats in the Senate and have broken state Republicans’ supermajorities in both chambers. Gains on election night put both chambers in a strong position to flip in 2020 ahead of redistricting. The DLCC invested $250,000 that went toward strategic paid communications and to work with in-state partners like Break the Majority to help supporters knock on more than half a million doors to drive voter turnout.

PENNSYLVANIA

Senate Post-Election: 21D - 28R - 1 Outstanding
Senate Pre-Election: 16D - 33R - 1V

House Post-Election: 93D - 110R
House Pre-Election: 80D - 120R - 3V

Pennsylvania state Democrats picked up 11 seats in the House, putting Democrats in a strong position to take the majority in 2020. In the state Senate, Democrats picked up at least five seats (with one seat headed to a recount) breaking Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber. The DLCC’s early investment in candidate recruitment, staff support and a robust IE investment of over $453,000, helped establish both chambers as competitive two-cycle plays ahead of redistricting in 2020.

SIGNIFICANT GAINS

ARIZONA

Senate Post-Election: 13D - 16R - 1 Outstanding
Senate Pre-Election: 13D - 17R

House Post-Election: 27D - 31R - 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 25D - 35R

With over 500,000 ballots still not counted in Maricopa County, Democrats have picked up at least two seats in the House. Any gains in the Senate will be determined by still-to-be-counted ballots. The DLCC invested more than $851,000 in direct candidate and caucus support and through the DLCC IE, over $138,000 was invested to help the state Senate.

FLORIDA

Senate Post-Election: 17D - 23R
Senate Pre-Election: 16D - 22R - 2V

House Post-Election: 47D - 71R - 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 41D - 75R - 4V

Florida Democrats flipped seven seats from red to blue in the state House and DLCC Board member and Senator-elect Janet Cruz flipped SD-18 from red to blue.

GEORGIA

Senate Post-Election: 21D - 35R
Senate Pre-Election: 19D - 37R

House Post-Election: 73D - 105R - 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 64D - 115R - 1V

Georgia House Democrats picked up 10 seats in the chamber, with seven DLCC Spotlight candidates winning their elections. In the state Senate, Democrats picked up two seats in the chamber. Last December, Senate Democrats broke Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber with Senator Jen Jordan’s special election victory.

IOWA

House Post-Election: 46D - 52R - 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 41D - 58R - 1V

With the DLCC’s early and strategic investment of nearly $1 million to support campaign staff, candidate trainings, and paid communications, Iowa Democrats have flipped at least seven seats in the state House, bringing them within striking distance ahead of 2020. In the Iowa House, 548 votes made the difference between Democrats having 46 seats vs 50 seats, which would have resulted in Republicans losing their majority.

NEVADA

Senate Post-Election: 13D - 8R
Senate Pre-Election: 11D - 10R

Assembly Post-Election: 29D - 13R
Assembly Pre-Election: 27D - 14R - 1V

Nevada Senate Democrats added two seats to their majority, and there is a potential recount in a third district where Democrat Julie Pazina is currently down by only 27 votes. Assembly Democrats picked up two seats to gain a supermajority in the chamber, defeating Republicans in districts that Donald Trump won in 2016. The DLCC IE invested heavily in a targeted mail program in all three of these districts.

NEW MEXICO

House Post-Election: 46D - 23R - 1 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 38D - 32R

New Mexico House Democrats picked up nine seats and two more races are headed into recounts. If Democrats win both recounts, New Mexico House Democrats will return to Sante Fe with a supermajority to go along with their new trifecta, thanks to Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s victory.

TEXAS

Senate Post-Election: 12D - 19R
Senate Pre-Election: 10D - 21R

House Post-Election: 67D - 83R
House Pre-Election: 55D - 93R - 2V

Texas Democrats flipped 12 seats from red to blue in the state House and two seats from red to blue in the state Senate. In addition, all of DLCC's Texas Spotlight Race candidates won their races.

WEST VIRGINIA

Senate Post-Election: 14D - 20R
Senate Pre-Election: 12D - 22R

House Post-Election: 41D - 59R
House Pre-Election: 35D - 64R - 1V

Democrats beat Republican leadership in the West Virginia House and Senate - West Virginia House Democrats picked up five seats and DLCC Spotlight candidate Democrat John Doyle took down the GOP Majority Leader-designate, Riley Moore. In the Senate, Democrats gained two seats and are now only four seats away from the majority. Republicans’ Majority Leader, Senator Ryan Ferns lost to Democrat William Ihlenfeld. Democrats have put themselves in a strong position regain the chamber control they lost in 2014.

DEMOCRATIC SUPERMAJORITIES

Democrats gained supermajorities in the following chambers:

  • California Senate
  • Illinois House
  • Nevada Assembly
  • Oregon House
  • Oregon Senate
  • Vermont House

Democrats held supermajorities in the following chambers:

  • California Assembly
  • Delaware House
  • Hawaii House
  • Hawaii Senate
  • Illinois Senate
  • Maryland House
  • Maryland Senate
  • Massachusetts House
  • Massachusetts Senate
  • New York Assembly
  • Rhode Island House
  • Rhode Island Senate
  • Vermont Senate

NOTABLE FIRSTS

FLORIDA: Representative-elect Anna Eskamani will become the first Iranian-American to serve in the Florida Legislature.

INDIANA: With his election to the Indiana Senate, Senator-elect JD Ford will become the first openly LGBTQ member of the Indiana Legislature, in a seat Democrats haven't held since 1972.

MICHIGAN: Senator-elect Jeremy Moss is the first openly LGBTQ elected member of the Michigan Senate.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Senator-elect Melanie Levesque became the first African American elected to the state Senate. Representatives-elect Gerri Cannon and Lisa Bunker will become the first openly transgender elected officials to serve in the legislature.

NEW YORK: Senator-elect Anna Kaplan will become the first Iranian-American to serve in the state Senate and Senator-elect John Liu will become the first Asian American elected to the state Senate.

 

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