The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee announced today that an analysis of state legislative elections resulted in Democrats netting a total gain of 170 seats in legislative chambers across the country.
“From Maine to Hawaii, Democratic candidates simply did a better job talking to voters and addressing issues that are important to working families,” said Michael Sargeant, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “The voters have spoken, and they have decided that they prefer Democrats’ approach of solving problems versus the Republican approach of attacking middle class families.”
Just weeks before the election, national Republicans expressed confidence in winning multiple chambers and even expressed certainty that some heavily-contested chambers would remain under Republican control. Instead, Democrats won new majorities in the Colorado House, Maine House, Maine Senate, Minnesota House, Minnesota Senate, New Hampshire House, New York Senate and Oregon House; gained super-majorities in the California Assembly, California Senate, Illinois House and Illinois Senate; and gained seats in 40 chambers that were up for election on Tuesday.