The State of State Legislatures & the Democratic Party
State Legislative races are critical to protecting our Constitution. 38 states are needed to ratify any changes made to the Constitution. Democrats have not been engaged in these state legislative races. Instead of a lengthy missive on that topic today, I am just going to bullet point some of the key issues and data points, just as they come to me, I am not necessarily prioritizing these, but these are things we should know:
- Republicans need flip only 24 seats in state legislative bodies to control all state legislative bodies in 38 states.
- 38 states = ¾ of all states.
- ¾ of all states are the required number of states to amend the constitution.
- Those 24 seats can be found in just 6 states, Alaska, Delaware, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine and Washington.
- Despite that threat, Democratic Party governors have exposed 3 State Legislative seats in 2 of those 6 states in special elections through appointment. Special elections historically favor conservative candidates.
- If republicans win 2 Senate seats in CT they will control that body, if they win the 1 Senate seat up in Delaware special election they will control that body.
- Delaware special election on Saturday, February 25. Connecticut in Tuesday, February 28.
- If Republicans win these 3 races they will only need 21 seats flipped to control all state legislative bodies in 38 states.
- Democrats did not compete in 1,479 state legislative races nationwide the last cycle.
- Democrats did not seek to represent 117,058,570 Americans by not competing for these state legislative seats.
- Virginia House of Delegates is up for election this fall.
- Republicans control the House of Delegates 64 — 36.
- Democrats did not contest 44 races in Virginia House of Delegates last cycle.
- Democrats did not seek to represent 3.524,400 residents of the State of Virginia in that state legislative body.
- Republicans only had to win 7 contested races to win a majority in House of Delegates.
- New Jersey Assembly up for election this fall.
- Democrats did not contest 5 seats in the New jersey General Assembly last cycle.
- Democrats did not seek to represent 1,098,985 New Jersey residents last cycle.
Any data points about your state? Any important points not listed above? Any comment on the above list? Leave a comment, I would love to chat about these issues. It is important we share and discuss these topics.