For the Week of 10/5/2018
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:
From Twitter to the local library, voting advocates have been working in overdrive to reach Americans and help them register to vote. And the hard work has paid off - this National Voter Registration Day broke voter registration records around the country. Electoral participation is on the rise as voters prepare for November, and it is safe to say September 25 was not a normal day for a midterm election cycle. Over 800,000 people registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day, smashing the campaign’s goal of registering 300,000 voters and beating the 2016 number of registrations. Universities and neighborhood libraries hosted voter registration events while digital advocates, including Google and Twitter, joined forces to help promote online registration. This momentum is a testament to just how important the midterm elections are and how motivated Americans are to make their voices heard. With Democrats only 17 seats away from flipping 8 state chambers from red to blue this November, every vote matters.
Following teacher walkouts in Republican-controlled states earlier this year, teachers’ pay and education funding are important issues on the top of voters’ minds this election season. With a surge of candidates with education backgrounds running for state legislatures across the country, teachers may see a welcome increase in education advocates in their state capitals. In response to the teacher walkouts earlier this year, Arizona has seen an unprecedented wave of educators running in 2018, and in Maine and Minnesota, teacher candidates could be the tipping point to flip state legislatures to Democratic control. The DLCC could not be more thrilled to stand with these educators as they advocate for better education funding, and we are proud to feature many of them on our Spotlight Races page.
Exciting news out of Nevada this week as voter enthusiasm continues to surge. Nevadans set a new record for the number of active registered voters. This September, the total number of active registered voters surpassed the previous record, set in February 2017. As Democratic enthusiasm continues to grow ahead of the midterms, Democrats in Nevada continue to stretch their voter registration lead over Republicans, growing to a lead of about 70,000 with only a handful of weeks left to register before November 6. Nevadans and voters across the country have made it clear that they are motivated, ready, and excited to make their voices heard at the ballot box this year. By electing more Democrats to state legislatures nationwide, the DLCC is committed to protecting voting rights and ensuring every voter can fulfill their civic duty by casting a ballot.
President Obama has released a second wave of endorsements, highlighting an additional 260 Democratic candidates ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. This latest round of endorsement includes support for 180 state legislative candidates. Obama has reentered the political scene at a critical stretch leading up to the November midterm elections, and his endorsement will provide critical support to legislative candidates across the country. Included on the list are dozens of DLCC Spotlight Candidates, including Wisconsin’s Kriss Marion and New Hampshire’s Jenn Alford-Teaster - women whose races are critical to flipping the state Senate in both states. The DLCC is proud to partner with President Obama and support our candidates in their quest to take back state capitals across America and pass policies that work for all and will move America forward.
5. If early spending is any indication, the battle for the Minnesota House will be fought in the ’burbs
The battle for control of the Minnesota House of Representatives will be waged in the critical districts surrounding the Twin Cities. With all 134 seats up for election in November, state Democrats are hopeful they can cut into Republicans’ margins and flip the 11 seats needed to reclaim the chamber. Money is flowing from all sides into critical suburban seats, including house districts 42A, 44A, and 49A, where DLCC Spotlight Candidates Kelly Moller, Ginny Klevorn, and Heather Edelson are running to fight for increased education funding and affordable health care. Twelve Republican-held suburban seats were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, which bodes well for an energized base of Democratic supporters eager to send a message and put an end to the regressive policies coming out of St. Paul.
- President Obama Endorses Almost 200 Additional State Democrats [DLCC Press Release]
- DLCC Sets New Fundraising Record in September [DLCC Press Release]
- The Democratic Party tries to regain control of state legislatures [The Economist]
- First-time Florida House candidate Anna Eskamani scores Obama endorsement [Orlando Weekly]
“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas…Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before."
-- President Barack Obama
This week former President Barack Obama endorsed 180 additional Democrats running for state legislatures across the country. The DLCC is proud to feature many of these on our Spotlight Races page and we look forward to working with President Obama to help regain majorities and flip seats this November! You can check out his full list of endorsed state legislative candidates here.