Toplines on Midterm Election Results

2018 NOV 19 – DNC Message Guidance

DEMOCRATS WON BIG: At least 40 House seats flipped. 7 governor seats flipped. 8 new legislative majorities picked up this cycle. 4 attorneys general seats flipped. At least 2 secretary of state seats flipped. We broke 5 Republican supermajorities in state legislatures this cycle. 2 Senate seats flipped. And we flipped at least 380 state legislative seats this cycle.

DEMOCRATS EXPANDED THE MAP: Democrats are organizing everywhere, and we organized everywhere early. We’ll continue to expand the map in 2019 and 2020.

  • We flipped House seats from upstate New York to Texas to Oklahoma.
  • We took back governors’ mansions from Maine to Kansas to New Mexico.
  • We flipped state legislative chambers from New Hampshire to Colorado.

DIVERSITY WINS: Democrats believe diversity is a strength. Just look who we elected:

  • The first African American women to represent Massachusetts and Connecticut in Congress
  • The first Muslim women to serve in the House
  • The first Latinas in the House from Texas
  • The first Native American women in the House
  • The first Native American woman elected statewide in Minnesota
  • The first openly gay man elected as governor
  • The first woman elected to the Senate from Arizona and second openly LGBTQ senator
  • The first Asian American elected to the House from New Jersey

YEAR OF WOMEN: Women are leading the resistance, and they led the Democrats to victory in the House of Representatives and in governorships across the country.

  • Exit polling shows that Trump has a 39-60 approve-disapprove rating among women.
  • We have flipped at least 40 House seats so far – 24 of those by women.
  • We’ve expanded the number of female Democratic governors from two to at least six with wins by Laura Kelly, Janet Mills, Gretchen Whitmer, and Michelle Lujan Grisham.
  • We elected 2 female senators with Jacky Rosen and Kyrsten Sinema.

HEALTH CARE #1 ISSUE:  That’s what our candidates ran on and that’s what they’ll look forward to working on in Congress.

  • Exit polling confirmed that health care is the #1 issue for voters in America, and health care voters went for Democrats by 52 points (75-23).
  • Three red states — Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho — voted to expand Medicaid.

GAINS FOR REDISTRICTING: Flipping control of governorships and statehouses is critical to our party’s 2020 redistricting strategy, because they are tasked with redrawing a state’s legislative maps.

  • Democrats flipped at least 380 state legislative seats this cycle.
  • Democrats flipped 7 governorships in the heartland, the Southwest, and the Northeast.
  • Democrats took control of 8 state legislative chambers this cycle.
  • Republicans now have unified control over drawing the boundaries of 179 House districts, down from 204 before the election.

NEW REALITY FOR TRUMP: The big loser of the midterms is Donald Trump. His unpopularity hurt Republicans up and down the ballot, and Democrats won back voters who were not satisfied with his agenda.

  • Democrats won Senate and governors’ races across the Rust Belt states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin — that helped elect Trump president.
  • Trump’s endorsements “meant squat.” At least 40 Trump-backed candidates lost.
  • Exit polls made it clear that Trump was on the ballot. Many more voters showed up to oppose him than to support him.
  • Voters want a check on the president. They resoundingly spoke out, and flipped at least 40 House seats from red to blue.

Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

National Broadcast Media Manager
Director of LGBTQ Media
Democratic National Committee