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Michigan

SUPER STATE STRATEGY

Our primary objectives in Michigan are to: 1) win the state’s 16 Electoral College votes and 2) flip control of the Republican-led Michigan State House.

In the state House, we are currently targeting seven districts—five GOP-held seats and two Democratic holds. Geographically, our targets are distributed across the state but the majority surround the Detroit metro area. Four GOP incumbents in target districts are being term-limited out of office, giving Democrats an opportunity to flip the chamber in 2020 and protect the integrity of the Michigan’s independent redistricting process in 2021.

By the numbers:

4

Seats needed to flip the state house

16

Electoral College votes

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Our Targets:

State House: HD-19, HD-38, HD-39, HD-45, HD-61, HD-71, HD-104

MI State House targets

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 State House 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 State House 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.


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