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Michigan

SUPER STATE STRATEGY

Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes are critical to winning the White House in 2020.

In 2016, we didn’t get enough voters in traditional Democratic strongholds. We also lost crucial votes in rural parts of Michigan. Gaining back support in these areas (and state-wide) will be essential to winning Michigan.

Plus, Michigan Democrats could take back the state’s House of Representatives from Republicans for the first time since 2010.

We need your help to win big in Michigan in 2020!

Our Targets:

4

STATE HOUSE SEATS TO FLIP

16

ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES

Winning Michigan will likely come down to engaging communities who either stayed home or voted for the GOP in 2016. For example, 2016 saw lower turnout among key constituencies within the Democratic coalition, and white working-class voters moved toward the Republican party.

And the recent election of Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2018 showed the kinds of gains we need are possible, even in districts that went for Trump in 2016.

The Michigan Legislature is still currently under Republican control, but Democrats have momentum coming out of the midterms. In 2018, we picked up five seats in the Michigan House of Representatives and we only need to flip four more to flip the chamber.

What's at stake

Gerrymandering

In 2018, Michigan voters approved two ballot measures putting a nonpartisan redistricting commission in charge of voting maps, ending gerrymandering.

But Michigan Republicans filed a lawsuit against the commission, an explicit move to overrule the will of voters.

This power-grab by Michigan Republicans only serves their own interests. Flipping the Michigan Legislature is the only way to fight back against these undemocratic tactics the GOP uses to stay in office.

Environment

Michigan is experiencing its biggest environmental crisis in 40 years: the cancer-causing chemical PFAS contaminating its water.

There are thousands of contaminated sites across the state — and Republican lawmakers have yet to do anything about it.

Since taking office in January 2019, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proposed limits on seven types of PFAS. These limits would cover about 2,700 public water systems in Michigan.

The full scope of the problem is not yet known. And with Republicans showing they are not willing to address this problem and protect Michigan’s 11,000 lakes, creating a Democratic majority in the Michigan Legislature is the only way to start making Michigan’s drinking water safer.

Education

Michigan students have consistently suffered because of chronic under-funding.

For the past four years in a row, third-graders in Michigan were considered ‘poor readers’ based on standardized tests.

And while the state added a 2.4% increase to the education budget, when taking inflation into account, the budget did not increase at all. This means Michigan currently ranks last in the country for increases to education funding.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently increased per-pupil funding for students in both charter schools and public schools in Michigan.

By flipping the Michigan House, we’ll give Democrats more power to keep increasing funding for education in Michigan.