Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Friday Five - November 16, 2018

The Friday Five - November 16, 2018

For the Week of 11/16/2018

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 made massive state-level gains in the midterms

Last week, the DLCC and state Democrats delivered great wins in state legislatures nationwide. Democrats have flipped over 380 state legislative seats from red to blue, and gained majorities in the Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, and New York Senates, the Minnesota House, and flipped both chambers in New Hampshire. Democrats also made inroads in many deep red states, and gained seats in perennial battleground states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina to break Republicans’ supermajorities and position state Democrats to flip chambers in 2020 ahead of critical redistricting. The DLCC invested a record $35 million in changing the face of power in state legislatures across the country, and is already hard at work preparing to usher in a new era of Democratic dominance at the state level

2.    Democrats are Poised to Wipeout Republicans’ North Carolina Gerrymander In Time for the 2020 Election

Democrats in North Carolina have an opportunity to put an end to the egregious gerrymandering efforts by North Carolina Republicans. After yet another state Supreme Court victory, Democrats are in position to overturn the gerrymandered legislative maps ahead of the 2020 election and before the next cycle of redistricting. Voters were already ready for change during the past election cycle, as Democrats flipped 10 seats in the state house and 6 seats in the state senate, breaking GOP supermajorities in both chambers. With fair maps and a diverse group of energized grassroots supporters and candidates, the DLCC and state Democrats are ready to regain power in Raleigh in 2020.

3.    It wasn’t just Trump: How the DFL harnessed a massive get-out-the-vote effort to win the ‘burbs

In an election year that produced record voter turnout in Minnesota, Democratic voters flipped the state House from red to blue, scoring major victories in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. The DLCC invested over $800,000 in the state to recruit, train, and support a strong and diverse slate of candidates. The DLCC is proud of our work with the DFL and our state partners who knocked on over 1.7 million doors in key districts and brought home wins in the suburbs. With Governor-elect Tim Walz at the helm and Democrats back in control of the state house, the 2020 election, where all seats of the tightly-contested state Senate will be on the ballot, will be critical as the DLCC and the state DFL push for a Democratic trifecta ahead of redistricting.

4.    Gerrymandered districts help Republicans keep control of Michigan Legislature

Democrats picked up five seats in the state House and five seats in the state Senate - and ended Republicans’ supermajority in the upper legislative chamber - thanks to a swell of voter enthusiasm in the Detroit suburbs. With the strong gains made this cycle, the DLCC and Michigan Democrats are in a position to flip the state House in 2020 and work with Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer to pass progressive policies that benefit all Michiganders.

5.   The blue wave was big- and significant- in state legislatures

After building Democratic enthusiasm and momentum by flipping 44 seats from red to blue ahead of Election Day 2018, the DLCC and state Democrats flipped almost 400 seats from red to blue. The DLCC, state Democrats, and our vast network of grassroots supporters succeeded in gaining Democratic majorities in eight legislative chambers, creating and holding Democratic supermajorities in at least 19 chambers, and established seven new trifecta of Democratic power. These important victories put Democrats in a strong position to flip even more chambers in 2020 ahead of redistricting, and ensure state Democrats can grow their “blue wall” and act as a critical check on President Trump and the destructive GOP policies coming out of Washington.

- The DLCC and State Democrats Win Big in Statehouses Nationwide [DLCC Press Release]
Women Elected To State Legislatures Set A New Record & The Party Breakdown Is Stark [Bustle]
- A Week After the Election, Democratic Gains Grow Strong [The New York Times]
- DLCC VIDEO: Victory! From the firsts to the flips, thank you for helping make history in 2018. [@TheDLCC]

“The biggest feeling is gratitude. With a margin this small, you think of everyone that’s helped you and all the doors they knocked and calls they made. Literally every single interaction we had over the past nine months mattered."
-- Representative-elect Rui Xu, the first-ever Chinese-American elected to the Kansas House