Democrats Dominate Suburban Districts as Election Day Approaches

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WASHINGTON — New polls in seven suburban battleground legislative districts in Iowa, Michigan, Texas, and Pennsylvania find strong numbers for Democrats with just weeks to go until Election Day. The results show Joe Biden and Democratic Senate candidates leading in all districts, and Democratic state legislative candidates leading in every district except for one, where the poll showed a tie. The polling underscores how quickly suburban areas have trended away from the GOP during the Trump era.

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“Republicans think they can run on saving the suburbs, but suburban voters have responded loud and clear: no thanks,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “The GOP think they can win on divisiveness and extremism, but it’s clear that voters across the country are looking for change. It’s not 1968 anymore — it’s 2020, and Democrats are winning the suburbs at all levels of the ballot.”

The GOP’s struggles among suburban voters helped pave the way for Democrats to flip state legislative seats and chambers from red to blue over the past three years. After making gains in these four states in 2018, Democrats are poised to win control of more legislatures this year. 

Democrats need to flip just four seats in the Iowa and Michigan Houses to win control. In both Texas and Pennsylvania, Democrats are just nine seats away from two new majorities. Republicans’ suburban meltdown gives Democrats in all four states a long list of targets in their quest for the majority. 

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the official Democratic organization dedicated to winning state legislative seats. Earlier this year, the DLCC announced its $50 million “Flip Everything” campaign, an unprecedented effort to win legislative majorities across the country. Since Donald Trump’s election, the DLCC and state partners have flipped more than 450 seats and 10 chambers from red to blue.