DLCC Election Update (as of 5pm)

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AS OF 5PM ET

Chambers Flipped:  7  Seats Flipped:  367  |  Trifectas:  +7

The DLCC and state Democrats had already flipped 44 seats headed into Election Day, and created a trifecta in Washington state by flipping the Senate from red to blue. 

As results come in, here’s what you need to know:

“We’re delighted that Democrats have picked up majorities in seven chambers and we’ve flipped more than 360 seats from red to blue nationwide. Democrats have also gained seven new trifectas. We know that when Democrats hold the majority in state legislatures, more policies are passed into law that help all Americans. We raised a record $35 million and worked with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in states programs to flip chambers, elect state Democrats, and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. We have elected a new generation of inspiring leaders and have changed the face of power in state legislatures across the country.” – Jessica Post, Executive Director, DLCC.

CHAMBER FLIPS

COLORADO

Senate Post-Election: 19D – 16R
Senate Pre-Election: 17D – 18R

House Post-Election: 38D – 25R – 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 36D – 29R

Colorado Senate Democrats have flipped the chamber from red to blue. All five targeted women candidates known as the “Fab Five” won last night – Jessie Danielson in SD-20, Kerry Donovan in SD-5, Brittany Pettersen in SD-22, Tammy Story in SD-16, and Faith Winter in SD-24. House Democrats won two seats and four races are still pending. With a new trifecta in the state, Democrats will be poised to enact progressive legislation. 

MAINE

Senate Post-Election: 20D – 13R – 2 Outstanding
Senate Pre-Election: 17D – 18R

Maine Senate Democrats have flipped the chamber from red to blue and Maine House Democrats maintained their majority. Democrat Linda Sanborn beat Republican Senate Leader Amy Volk in SD-30. With Governor-elect Janet Mills’ victory, Maine now has a Democratic trifecta.

MINNESOTA

House Post-Election: 74D – 59R – 1 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 55D – 76R – 3V

Minnesota House Democrats have flipped an impressive 17 seats from red to blue to regain control of the House. As one of the largest donors, the DLCC invested over $506,000 in this program to recruit and support strong candidates, run strategic paid communications, and partnered with in-state allies to execute a record-breaking field program that knocked on over 1.7 million doors.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Senate Post-Election: 13D – 11R
Senate Pre-Election: 10D – 14R

House Post-Election: 231D – 163R – 6 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 176D – 217R – 3I – 4V

New Hampshire House and Senate Democrats have flipped both the chambers, breaking the Republican trifecta. Democrats have flipped at least 59 seats in the House and five seats in the Senate. The DLCC’s Independent Expenditure invested over $430,000 in a joint mail and digital program to target an unprecedented 230 candidates.

NEW YORK

Senate Post-Election: 40D – 23R
Senate Pre-Election: 32D – 31R*

New York Senate Democrats have flipped at least eight state Senate seats from red to blue, giving true chamber control to the Democrats and putting DLCC Board member and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in a position to become the first African American woman to lead the New York Senate.

BROKEN REPUBLICAN SUPERMAJORITIES

MICHIGAN

Senate Post-Election: 16D – 22R
Senate Pre-Election: 10D – 27R – 1V

House Post-Election: 52D – 58R
House Pre-Election: 46D – 63R – 1V

Michigan Senate Democrats picked up at least five seats and have broken Republicans’ supermajority in the state Senate. House Democrats have flipped five seats, with several races still pending. With Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s victory, Republicans’ trifecta of power in the state has been broken. With the House gains, Democrats are well positioned to compete for the majority ahead of 2020 redistricting.

NORTH CAROLINA

Senate Post-Election: 21D – 29R
Senate Pre-Election: 15D – 35R

House Post-Election: 54D – 64R – 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 45D – 75R

North Carolina Democrats flipped 10 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate and have broken state Republicans’ supermajorities in both chambers. Gains on election night put both chambers in a strong position to flip in 2020 ahead of redistricting. The DLCC invested $250,000, that went toward strategic paid communications and to work with in-state partners like Break the Majority to help supporters knock on more than half a million doors to drive voter turnout.

SIGNIFICANT GAINS

ARIZONA

Senate Post-Election: 13D – 15R – 2 Outstanding
Senate Pre-Election: 13D – 17R

House Post-Election: 14D – 12R – 34 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 25D – 35R

With over 500,000 ballots still not counted in Maricopa County, Democrats are poised to pick up at least two seats in the House and maintain 13 seats in the Senate. The DLCC invested more than $851,000 in direct candidate and caucus support and through the DLCC IE, over $138,000 was spent to help the state Senate.

FLORIDA

Senate Post-Election: 17D – 23R
Senate Pre-Election: 16D – 22R – 2V

House Post-Election: 47D – 71R – 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 41D – 75R – 4V

Florida Democrats flipped an impressive seven seats from red to blue in the state House, and DLCC Board member and Senator-elect Janet Cruz flipped SD-18 from red to blue.

IOWA

House Post-Election: 46D – 52R – 2 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 41D – 58R – 1V

With the DLCC’s early and strategic investment of nearly $1 million to support campaign staff, candidate trainings, and paid communications, Iowa Democrats gained at least six seats in the State House, bringing them within striking distance ahead of 2020. In the Iowa House, 548 votes made the difference between Democrats having 46 seats vs 50 seats, which would have resulted in a tied chamber.

NEVADA

Senate Post-Election: 12D – 8R – 1 Outstanding
Senate Pre-Election: 11D – 10R

Nevada Senate Democrats added two seats to their majority last night, and there is a potential recount in a third district where Julie Pazina is currently down by only 57 votes. The DLCC IE invested heavily in a targeted mail program in all three of these districts.

NEW MEXICO

House Post-Election: 46D – 23R – 1 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 38D – 32R

New Mexico House Democrats picked up nine seats last night, and two more races are headed into recounts. With Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s victory, Democrats now have a trifecta in New Mexico.

PENNSYLVANIA

Senate Post-Election: 21D – 29R
Senate Pre-Election: 16D – 33R – 1V

House Post-Election: 95D – 108R
House Pre-Election: 80D – 120R – 3V

Pennsylvania state Democrats picked up 11 seats in the House and at least five seats in the Senate, with one seat headed to a recount. The DLCC’s early investment in candidate recruitment, staff support and a robust IE investment of over $453,000, helped establish both chambers as competitive two-cycle plays ahead of redistricting in 2020.

TEXAS

Senate Post-Election: 12D – 19R
Senate Pre-Election: 10D – 21R

House Post-Election: 66D – 84R
House Pre-Election: 55D – 93R – 2V

Texas Democrats flipped 12 seats from red to blue in the state House and two seats from red to blue in the state Senate. In addition, all of DLCC’s Texas Spotlight Race candidates won their races.

WEST VIRGINIA

Senate Post-Election: 14D – 20R
Senate Pre-Election: 12D – 22R

House Post-Election: 41D – 57R – 3 Outstanding
House Pre-Election: 35D – 64R – 1V

Democrats beat Republican leadership in the West Virginia House and Senate – West Virginia House Democrats picked up five seats and DLCC Spotlight candidate Democrat John Doyle took down the GOP Majority Leader-designate, Riley Moore. In the Senate, Democrats gained two seats and are now only three away from the majority. Republicans’ Majority Leader, Senator Ryan Ferns lost to Democrat William Ihlenfeld. Democrats have put themselves in a strong position regain the chamber control they lost in 2014.

DEMOCRATIC SUPERMAJORITIES

Democrats gained supermajorities in the following chambers:

Democrats held supermajorities in the following chambers:

NOTABLE FIRSTS

FLORIDA: Representative-elect Anna Eskamani will become the first Iranian-American to serve in the Florida Legislature.

INDIANA: With his election to the Indiana Senate, Senator-elect JD Ford will become the first openly LGBTQ member of the Indiana Legislature, in a seat Democrats haven’t held since 1972.

MICHIGAN: Senator-elect Jeremy Moss is the first openly LGBTQ elected member of the Michigan Senate.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Senator-elect Melanie Levesque became the first African American elected to the state Senate. Representatives-elect Gerri Cannon and Lisa Bunker will become the first openly transgender elected officials to serve in the legislature.

NEW YORK: Senator-elect Anna Kaplan will become the first Iranian-American to serve in the state Senate and Senator-elect John Liu will become the first Asian American elected to the state Senate.

 

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