Democrats were able to defend every state court this year. It was the first midterm election since 1934 in which the party in power did not lose the House of Representatives.
They were also able to reverse Congress in some states. This is a shift from previous mid-cycles in which Democrats struggled at the state level. In Pennsylvania, Democrats narrowly won the state House for the first time since her 2010. They reversed the Minnesota Senate for the first time in 10 years, and Michigan won both houses, giving her three straight victories in both states. In Wisconsin and North Carolina, Democrats prevented Republican majorities from taking over and defended Democratic governors’ vetoes. And in New Hampshire, control of the House of Representatives remains unclear, nearly two weeks after the election. .
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) said in a memo first shared with CBS News that the win will serve as a lesson for Democrats to up and down the vote.
DLCC President Jessica Post wrote, “Democrats made history in the legislature this year, defying odds, smashing political wisdom, and drawing the blueprint for Democratic victory at the legislative level.” She acknowledged that she invested early on and supported local leaders, and said the Democrats would be able to mount an attack in this decade, unlike in 2010. We want you to continue building from scratch.
Post argued that some of the obstacles Democrats have faced this year stem from Republican control of parts of state legislatures.
“Democratic efforts to gain control of the House have become more difficult because Democrats did not invest in state legislatures early,” Post said. Was running in a rigged district If the Democrats want to fight back on the MAGA agenda and make our country better for all Americans, that work must start in the state legislature .”
Success at the state level follows redistricting. According to the National Democratic Reditions Commission (NDRC), there are many reasons for the Democratic victory in 2022, but investment in state-level elections was just one of them.
“I think the big lesson of the last decade has been that the Democrats need to focus more on state and state-level infrastructure, and I think we’ve seen the party really rally on that in the last few cycles. It was a storm surge.
The NDRC started work before the actual restructuring process. Compared to his previous decade, Republican control over the reorganization process has decreased by more than 20%. Without such efforts, Barton said the outcome would have been much worse for the Democrats. I’m here.
The DLCC began sending money to 2022 legislative candidates last fall and announced a strategy to identify the states it believes will be the most competitive in the spring. In total, the DLCC has raised and spent $50 million in this cycle, surpassing the 2018 midterm elections. Its finance team also helped state partners raise more than $105 million for her campaign goals this season.
As part of its winning strategy, the memo noted that two major themes—protection of abortion rights and democracy—are at the forefront of the agenda during this election cycle.
The DLCC recognized early on that abortion rights would be a major factor in state legislative elections, and launched the States to Save Roe website in January, before the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. launched. After that, I continued to take advantage of this problem “on all occasions.”
The commission also worked to link all Republicans with “MAGA extremists” and warned that Republicans pose an existential threat to democracy. Targeting state officials like Pennsylvania’s Doug Mastriano in Washington, DC, for a speech by former President Trump.
At the same time, candidates continue to work on ways to cut costs, which has slowed some of the attacks by Republicans amid soaring inflation, the memo said. Some initiatives included direct relief checks, tax refunds, or efforts to reduce child and medical costs.
While the DLCC has called for building on its success in 2022, it was not the only party to try to increase the number of Democrats in the state legislatures and the Senate. The state project invested about $60 million in the state chamber, the most in a single cycle by an outside effort.
The DLCC is now looking to 2024 and has helped defend majorities and flip seats in states like New Hampshire and Arizona. Next year, Virginia will also be a hotspot for off-year elections.
Republicans lost the House in 2022, but gained representation in several states. In Florida, where the party had already won a three-game winning streak, Republicans were able to win overwhelming majorities in both the state House and Senate. It also managed to win overwhelming majorities in at least one of her Houses in Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. In Oregon, Republican candidates also won seats, ending the Democratic majority in the state.
In a post-election memo to donors, the Republican National Leadership Committee (RSLC) said it had the best fundraising cycle ever, but pointed to a significant spending disadvantage. As a result, the RSLC spent a record $30 million, but was spent by a group of Democrats united on state law level 4 to 1.
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