PRIMER: Majority-Defending Michigan House Special Elections Tomorrow

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WASHINGTON—Tomorrow, two special elections in Michigan will determine the House majority and shape the future of fundamental freedoms. DLCC Spotlight Candidates Peter Herzberg and Mai Xiong are running to defend the Democratic trifecta, which had a banner year of accomplishments in 2023, showing the impact of Democratic power. This election will be a referendum on Democrats’ progress, especially since Herzberg’s anti-abortion opponent, Josh Powell, threatened to take Michigan backward by repealing the state’s abortion protections. 

Michigan is a shining example of what Democrats do in leadership:

Concrete legislative progress is exactly what’s at stake in tomorrow’s special elections, and voters must elect Peter Herzberg and Mai Xiong to ensure Speaker Joe Tate retains the Speaker’s gavel. 

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement:

“Tomorrow’s election will be a referendum on the accomplishments of the Democratic trifecta in Michigan. While Republicans in state legislatures across the country are rolling back progress, Michigan Democrats are propelling the state forward. They’ve used their Democratic trifecta to safeguard freedoms and make Michigan work for everyone. Electing DLCC Spotlight candidates Peter Herzberg and Mai Xiong to protect the majority is essential to ensure that Michigan remains a shining example of the impact of Democrats leading state legislatures. The DLCC is leaving nothing to chance to protect Speaker Tate’s leadership of this influential chamber and safeguard the gains made under the Democratic trifecta. Michigan will remain a top priority as we head into November and the DLCC builds Democratic state power across the country.” 

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.