DLCC Holds Key Seat in Battleground State

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April 10, 2018
Mara Sloan
DLCC Communications Director
[email protected]
DLCC Holds Key Seat in Battleground State
Florida Senator-elect Lori Berman carries special election for SD-31
WASHINGTON — Tonight in Florida, Senator-elect Lori Berman won the special election for Senate District 31.
Berman, a veteran lawmaker with almost a decade of experience in the Florida House, was a featured DLCC Spotlight candidate. She carried the election with about 75% of the vote — about 14 points higher than Hillary Clinton’s vote share in the district in 2016 — keeping this critical Senate seat in Democratic hands.
“The DLCC is thrilled to see Senator-elect Lori Berman return to the legislature and continue to serve the people of the Sunshine State,” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “She is committed to fighting for women’s rights, affordable health care, and quality education. The DLCC’s work alongside Florida Democrats has resulted in the election of three Democratic women to this battleground state’s upper legislative chamber, and we look forward to gaining more ground in 2018 and 2020 elections ahead of critical redistricting.”

Tonight’s win comes on the heels of the DLCC announcing a new record for first quarter fundraising of more than $5 million, with $1 million coming from online donations. The DLCC is on track to spend $35 million this election cycle, and has highlighted some of their state Democratic candidates to know in 2018 at races.dlcc.org. With Democrats only 16 seats away from flipping eight chambers, you can read about the DLCC’s 2018 roadmap here.

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, which has led to Democrats flipping 39 seats since Trump’s inauguration. The DLCC is building on Democrats’ winning momentum and continues to lay the groundwork for substantial gains in 2018 in statehouses nationwide. State Democrats recently scored critical victories in Massachusetts, ConnecticutNew HampshireKentuckyFlorida, MinnesotaMissouri, and elsewhere, while also leading the resistance against the Trump administration’s extremist policies. You can learn more about critical upcoming elections and follow DLCC’s Spotlight Races at races.dlcc.org.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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