FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 6, 2018
DLCC Communications Director
DLCC Communications Director
DLCC and NC State Democrats Shatter GOP Supermajorities in House and Senate
WASHINGTON — The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) and North Carolina Democrats have broken state Republicans’ supermajorities in the North Carolina House of Representatives and in the state Senate. Democrats flipped 10 House seats from red to blue, and five Senate seats, putting both chambers in a strong position to flip in 2020.
“Congratulations to North Carolina Democrats, and DLCC Board Member and Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue and House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson!” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “Breaking Republicans’ supermajorities in North Carolina is an important first step in getting the Tarheel State back on track, and we’re just getting started. The DLCC worked with North Carolina Democrats and in-state partners like Break the Majority to help supporters knock on more than half a million doors to drive voter turnout. We invested $250,000 toward electing North Carolina state Democrats and we look forward to continuing our work together to win even more seats in 2020 ahead of critical redistricting.”
Democrats ran a full slate of candidates that was almost 50 percent women, including more than 20 educators. The DLCC featured on its Spotlight Races page strong candidates like Senator-elect Natasha Marcus and Representatives-elect Sydney Batch, a passionate and tested defender of North Carolina families, Julie von Haefen, a passionate advocate for improving education, and Brandon Lofton, an experienced attorney and strong voice for affordable housing, and other Democrats committed to addressing the issues that matter most to North Carolinians.
This year Democrats ran over 5,300 candidates – the most candidates for state legislatures since 1982. Nearly half of those candidates are women, and more than 1,100 are candidates of color. The DLCC knows that when Democrats hold the majority in state legislatures, more policies are passed into law that help all Americans. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers. For over two decades, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in state programs and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. This cycle, the DLCC held 40 trainings with more than 800 candidates and staff to prepare state Democrats for success. With the help of the DLCC, state Democrats are leading the resistance against the Trump administration’s extremist policies while moving our nation forward one state at a time.
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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