Winning State Legislatures Matters More Now Than Ever Before

Everything is on the line this election cycle – the future of our Party and, more importantly, the future of our country. Expert, public estimates reveal that winning as few as 42 state legislative seats could determine as much as a 136-seat swing in the U.S. House of Representatives – for the next 10 years.

The Republican State Leadership Committee is the only national political organization focused entirely on winning these state elections and is partnering this cycle with the National Republican Redistricting Trust to secure fair, legal, and constitutional districts after the next Census. Our Party’s success nationally depends on our Party’s success in the states. We're leading the fight.

Liberal billionaires, unions, and left wing activist groups are pouring millions into state legislative races.

$400 Million+

Democratic donors who gave little to nothing to down-ballot races in the past are cutting large checks to groups focused on state races, the AP’s analysis shows. Among them are billionaire George Soros (at least $5.4 million), hedge fund billionaire Donald Sussman (at least $4.8 million) and billionaire investor and entrepreneur Fred Eychaner (at least $4.2 million).

Priorities USA, the largest Democratic outside group, and EMILY’s List recently announced they would spend $600,000 on voter mobilization for Virginia’s fall elections. For the first time, the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge is digging into the pasts of Republican statehouse candidates.

And the DLCC, which is spearheading efforts in Virginia, says it has collected $9 million since the 2018 midterm elections, an off-year record, and is on pace to reach its $50 million fundraising goal for the cycle.

To that end, Democrats’ state legislative campaign arm, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, is racing to pick up as many as eight to 10 chambers to add to the eight they flipped from Republicans in the 2018 election cycle. They’ve raised $10 million already, which is a record for them and more than they spent in the whole 2010 cycle, when Democrats got wiped out of power in many states. What’s more, Democrats are set up well not to lose any chambers for the second election cycle in a row.

Republicans On Offense

The RSLC and state Republicans are absolutely on offense this year – and President Donald Trump is powering the way. Across our 12 target redistricting states, at least 115 districts are currently held by a Democrat, but were won by President Trump in 2016. We are going to flip them to Republican when he wins them again this fall.

Trump Flips

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Republicans' success nationally for the next decade will be determined by our Party's success in the states this cycle, so we're going to keep the main thing the main thing and fight like hell to win in the districts where it matters most."

- Austin Chambers,
RSLC President

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