WASHINGTON — The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is releasing a new strategy memo detailing the tactics behind its historic victories this month. Democrats defied history by not losing any state legislative majorities this midterm year — a first for the party in power since at least 1934. The DLCC and its state partners also flipped four chambers from red to blue in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota, gaining ground and new majorities for Democrats while other levels of the ballot held steady.
First reported in CBS News, this memo outlines how the DLCC created a path to the majority for long-term power in state legislatures and ultimately secured historic wins.
“Democrats made history in state legislatures this year — defying the odds, bucking political wisdom, and laying out the blueprint for Democratic wins at the state legislative level,” writes DLCC President Jessica Post. “The DLCC’s victories serve as a lesson to Democrats at all levels of the ballot. The value of investing early and trusting and aiding local leaders to deliver a winning strategy created the path to success. The Democratic Party must be built from the ground up, with its foundation in state legislatures.”
The DLCC is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures. This cycle, the committee raised $50 million at its fastest pace ever to elect state Democrats across the country. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and pass the policies that have the biggest impact on Americans’ day-to-day lives.