For the Week of 11/9/2018
The DLCC and state Democrats had a great night on Tuesday. Here are some highlights from this week:
The DLCC and state Democrats had a great Election Night, flipping over 370 state legislative seats from red to blue, creating Democratic majorities in eight chambers, and winning and maintaining supermajorities in 20 chambers. Many of the flipped chambers created new trifectas of Democratic power, like in Maine, Washington, New York, and Colorado. Democrats in states like Oregon, Connecticut, Illinois and Nevada obtained supermajorities in at least one of their legislative chambers, clearing the way for bold, progressive policies to take effect in their state capitals. The DLCC and state Democrats busted Republicans’ supermajorities in three of the most prominent swing states -- Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, giving Democrats in these states a more representative voice. With hundreds of races still outstanding, nearly 200 DLCC Spotlight Race candidates are headed to state capitals across the country. The DLCC is proud to have elected a new generation of inspiring leaders who will help us build a new era of Democratic dominance in the states.
Michigan Democrats’ successes on Election Day has set the stage for the DLCC and state Democrats to flip the House in 2020. Michigan Senate Democrats flipped five seats from red to blue and broke Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber. House Democrats flipped five seats from red to blue. With newly-elected Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Democrats will have a seat at the table ahead of critical redistricting. Included among the victors were many DLCC Spotlight Candidates like Sean McCann, Jeremy Moss - who will be the first LGBTQ member of the Michigan Senate, Winnie Brinks, and Padma Kuppa.
After years of failed conservative policies, voters across America have changed the faces of power in statehouses nationwide by electing thousands of state Democrats to lead our country forward one state at a time. These victories send a clear message that voters are ready for change at all levels of government. The DLCC and our state partners ran a strong slate of candidates in 2018. Conversations around affordable health insurance, common sense gun control, and increased spending for education were top of mind and voters trusted Democrats to make progress on these issues. With new Democratic majorities in eight chambers, Democratic trifectas in 14 states, and Democratic supermajorities in 20 chambers, Americans can expect not only a check on Donald Trump and federal Republicans, but also bold progressive action in state capitals across the country.
The DLCC and Minnesota House Democrats flipped the state House from red to blue on Tuesday night, picking up 18 seats and creating the only state government under divided control. Minnesota Democrats performed well in suburban districts where voter turnout was especially high, and connected with voters on the issues that matter most, like expanding access to health care and making sure schools are funded. Among those who won on Tuesday night were DLCC Spotlight Candidates Hunter Cantrell, Heather Edelson, Anne Claflin, and many more. With all 67 state Senate seats on the ballot in 2020, the DLCC and state Democrats have a chance to form a new trifecta of Democratic power ahead of the next redistricting cycle.
Thanks to the hard work of the DLCC and its state partners, Democrats gained new majorities in eight chambers and made significant gains ahead of critical 2020 redistricting. State Democrats were able to create new trifectas of Democratic power in Illinois, Maine, Nevada, Washington, New York, Colorado and New Mexico, while maintaining their trifectas in seven other states. State Democrats busted Republicans’ supermajorities in the North Carolina House and Senate, the Michigan Senate, and the Pennsylvania Senate, while gaining seven new Democratic supermajorities and maintaining supermajorities in 13 other chambers. Adding these states to Democrats’ ever-expanding “blue wall” is critical as state Democrats continue to lead the resistance against Trump’s extremist policies and work to pass popular progressive policies that will move their states forward.
The DLCC and Colorado Senate Democrats flipped the state Senate from red to blue on Tuesday, creating a new trifecta of Democratic power in the Centennial State. 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. In the state House, Democrats picked up five seats, growing their majority in the chamber. With Democrats in control of all three levers of state government, Colorado will be able to enact a broad range of policies that will help all Coloradans and move the state forward.
After Election Day, 45 million more Americans will live in states with full Democratic state leadership. This means that 45 million more Americans will have state governments that are committed to making progress on critical issues such as expanding access to quality and affordable health care, protecting voting rights, fixing crumbling roads and bridges, and improving education. After Tuesday’s election, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, New York, Nevada, Washington, and Maine join seven other states fully controlled by Democrats. With another election before critical redistricting, state Democrats are in a position to elect more Democrats in order to ensure fair maps will be created. The DLCC will continue to work hand-in-hand with our state partners and network of grassroots supporters to build on this energy and make sure more Americans reap the benefits of strong Democratic state leadership.
The DLCC and Maine Senate Democrats have flipped the state’s upper legislative chamber from red to blue, securing a Democratic-led Legislature in the Pine Tree State to support newly elected Governor Janet Mills. After years of divided government, Democrats in Maine are ready to push forward with popular policy solutions such as expanding Medicaid and increasing education funding. Spotlight candidates Ned Claxton, Erin Herbig, and Louis Luchini played pivotal roles in flipping the upper chamber, as did Linda Sanborn, who ousted Republican Senate Leader Amy Volk and flipped SD-30 from red to blue. Maine House Democrats picked up an additional 10 seats, solidifying their leadership in the chamber.
Democrats made strong gains in traditionally conservative states on Tuesday night, picking up over 370 state legislative seats and providing a new voice for progress in dozens of states. With hundreds of races still outstanding, Democrats have already picked up 12 seats in Georgia, 13 seats in Texas, and 16 seats in Pennsylvania, while flipping both the New Hampshire House and Senate from red to blue and breaking Republicans’ supermajorities in the North Carolina House and Senate, the Michigan Senate, and the Pennsylvania Senate. The DLCC continues to work with these states to amplify the messages of candidates who want to bring change and a new era of Democratic leadership to their state capitals. As the next round of redistricting approaches, it is imperative that Democrats continue to build their ranks in state legislatures across the country so that the sanctity of the vote is protected and Americans everywhere can have their voices heard at all levels of government.
History was made in the Hoosier state on Tuesday, as DLCC Spotlight Race candidate and Senator-elect J.D. Ford became the first openly gay member of the Indiana Legislature. Ousting one of the chamber’s most anti-LGBTQ legislators, Ford was successful in flipping a suburban Indianapolis seat from red to blue. Ford intends to amplify the voices of minority groups once he enters the state capitol and is committed to fighting for issues such as an increased minimum wage as well as fully funded Indiana public schools across the state. The DLCC congratulates Senator-elect Ford on his historic win.
“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, DLCC Executive Director
- Democrats Gain Supermajority in Connecticut Senate, Solidify Leadership in State [DLCC Press Release]
- General Assembly: Democrats Capture State Senate And Increase Majority In House [Hartford Courant]
- Pennsylvania Democrats Break Republican Senate Supermajority, Make Gains in House [DLCC Press Release]
- Malcolm Kenyatta Becomes First Openly Gay Person of Color to Join Pennsylvania Statehouse [NBC10]