RELEASE: Following Earthquake Victory in Alabama, the Next Big Special Elections Are in Michigan, Where Defending the Democratic Trifecta is at Stake

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Michigan is a shining example of what happens when you elect Democrats to state power

WASHINGTON — After last week’s landslide victory for DLCC Spotlight candidate Marilyn Lands in Alabama, momentum behind the DLCC continues to grow. The next major special elections are in Michigan, where DLCC Spotlight candidates Peter Herzberg and Mai Xiong are on the frontlines of protecting Democrats’ hard-fought majority in the Michigan House.  

Defending the Democratic trifecta in Michigan is a top-tier priority for the DLCC after we flipped both the Michigan House and Senate in 2022, securing a Democratic trifecta for the first time since 1984. The trifecta has been a shining example of Democratic leadership, passing gun safety legislation, expanding access to food for Michiganders in need, and passing a package of reproductive freedom bills. We can’t allow Republicans to win these special elections and block  the important progress made – there’s too much at stake. Democrats must win this election and ensure that Speaker Joe Tate and Democrats remain in charge of the Michigan House so Michigan can remain a shining example of progress ahead of the general elections in November. 

The DLCC’s momentum in 2024 continues to grow. Following our historic wins in 2023, we have continued overperforming across the map and scored key victories that are shifting the balance of power in the states. The DLCC needs continued support and resources to keep this momentum going in Michigan and across the country as we prepare for November.

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Heather Williams issued the following statement:

“After our groundbreaking victory in Alabama this week, we’re ready for the next big special elections in Michigan. The Democratic trifecta is on the line, and our DLCC Spotlight candidates Peter Herzberg and Mai Xiong are on the frontlines of protecting our House majority. Democratic leadership in Michigan has been a beacon of progress since we won the trifecta in 2022 – from protecting reproductive care to improving public safety. The DLCC is working hand-in-hand with Michigan Democrats in their fight to win and defend their majority in the Michigan House. 

“The DLCC’s momentum this year is undeniable as we continue to build Democratic power in  red, purple, and blue states – from Florida to Pennsylvania to Alabama. Next up: Michigan, where a majority is on the line. It is clear voters are rallying behind candidates who champion fundamental freedoms, and the DLCC is all hands on deck to ensure we win in Michigan and protect our Democratic House of Representatives. ”

If you’re interested in covering these two crucial special elections in Michigan or connecting with either of the DLCC Spotlight candidates, please contact the DLCC Press Team at [email protected]

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures and building state infrastructure. Over the last decade, we have fought cycle-over-cycle to gain a dozen new legislative chamber majorities and we are leading the effort to bring national attention and investment to our ballot level. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and have the closest connections to Americans’ day-to-day lives. From protecting fundamental freedoms and voting rights to growing the middle class, the DLCC and state legislators are moving the Democratic agenda forward and shaping the future of this country.