WASHINGTON — In last night’s special elections, Democrats flipped one state House seat from red to blue and held on to another Democratic seat, further solidifying Democratic control in the chamber.
Carol Doherty, a civic leader and lifelong educator, won in HD 3rd Bristol — a seat that has been held by a Republican for almost a decade. In HD 37th Middlesex, Dan Sena, a young progressive Dreamer and public servant, also won his race — making him the nation’s first Brazilian immigrant elected to a state legislature.
“Congratulations to Carol Doherty and Dan Sena on their history-making victories,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “By winning two seats tonight — including one red-to-blue flip — Carol Doherty and Dan Sena have grown the Democratic majority in the state House, ensuring Democrats have the numbers they need to continue their work in Massachusetts. Now more than ever, we need compassionate leaders who will work to bring their communities together instead of divisive GOP rhetoric. Their wins show that Democrats are energized to win in state legislatures all across the country this cycle.”
The DLCC has flipped 10 chambers and more than 450 state legislative seats since Donald Trump’s election. The DLCC is on complete offense in 2020 and plans to spend $50 million in its “Flip Everything” campaign to target more than a dozen Republican-held chambers across the country.