November 12, 2018

November 6, Election Day 2018

The new Democratic National Committee  created an infrastructure to support candidates up and down the ballot and organize year-round -- leading to wins in some places that would've seemed unthinkable two years ago. Here are some of the ways Democrats gained ground across the country :

  • 29 House seats flipped so far -- with a good shot at flipping at least half a dozen more once all the results come in;
  • Seven governors' seats flipped;
  • Six legislative chambers flipped -- bringing the total number we've flipped up to seven this cycle;
  • Four Republican state legislature supermajorities broken;
  • In total, Democrats flipped over 290 individual state legislative races last night -- bringing our total on the cycle up to over 330!
  • Four states voted to expand voting rights, including a constitutional amendment in Florida that will restore voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records;
  • Three state Supreme Court seats flipped;
  • Three red states voted to expand Medicaid;
  • Two states voted to raise their minimum wages;
  • One U.S. Senate seat flipped -- congrats to Jacky Rosen.

And here are some of the incredible candidates who won historic victories last night:

  • Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes became the first African American women elected to represent Massachusetts and Connecticut, respectively, in Congress
  • Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women to be elected to the House
  • Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first Latinas elected to represent Texas in the House
  • Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women to be elected to the House
  • Jared Polis became the first openly gay governor elected in the country

None of this happened by accident -- it happened because grassroots committed people like you invested in our party and rebuilt our infrastructure at the state and local levels. That improved infrastructure paid off big time on November 6 -- and we're only getting started.