Democratic National Committee

Wed, Nov 7, 4:25 PM

DNC on Historic Diversity of Democratic Candidates

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Last night, Democrats elected the most diverse group of candidates in our party’s history. Voters across the country sent a loud and clear message that our leaders should represent the diversity of our country.

“Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected as the first Latina Democratic governor, while Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar became Texas’ first two Latina congresswomen. We sent the first Native American women to Congress in Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim women to Congress in Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and the youngest women ever to be elected to Congress in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer. Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes both made history as the first-ever African-American women elected to Congress from all of New England, while Lauren Underwood became the first African-American woman elected to serve Illinois’ 14th District. New York elected Tish James as its first African-American woman attorney general and Jared Polis became the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor and Colorado’s first Jewish governor. And military veterans like Mikie Sherrill and Elaine Luria flipped at least six House seats from red to blue.

“These are just a few highlights from a historic night – and the results are still coming in. From Andy Kim to Gina Ortiz Jones, several inspiring candidates are still locked in tight races that are still too close to call. And in Georgia, we stand fully behind Stacey Abrams as she continues to fight for victory in the face of unprecedented voter suppression efforts by Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans.

“Even in races where we didn’t come out ahead, voters turned out in record numbers to support candidates who shared their values. In Florida, Andrew Gillum ran an inspiring campaign that energized millions of Floridians and sparked hope across the Sunshine State. Andrew is a rising Democratic star, and he gives me confidence that our party’s future is bright in Florida and across the country.

“Representation matters. When the people we entrust with political power reflect the great diversity of the people they represent, we are stronger as a nation. The DNC was proud to support such a historic slate of candidates in races from the school board to the Senate across the country. And make no mistake: the diversity of our candidates, our organizers, and our voters were key to flipping the House and electing Democrats up and down the ballot. Democrats believe diversity is our nation’s strength, and we look forward to lifting up Democrats from every background as we work to win even more elections in the future.

“Democrats put hope on the ballot last night, and that’s why the American people elected Democratic candidates across the country. We never backed down from our values of inclusion and opportunity, because we know that those are not only our party’s values, they’re America’s values.”

Wed, Nov 7, 1:29 PM

DNC Celebrates Record-Breaking Night for Democratic Women

DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“Democrats made history last night. We took back the House, and women led the charge. A record number of Democratic women are headed to Congress, and women made up the overwhelming majority of congressional seats we flipped from red to blue.

“The DNC was proud to invest in female candidates and organize women voters across the country, and I want to congratulate all of the newly elected Democratic women for running extraordinary campaigns on the issues that matter most.

“These victories were not only an affirmation that the future is female, but also a stinging rejection of Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s agenda to take away women’s health care and reproductive rights. Women are leading the resistance, and the Democratic Party will continue to stand in solidarity with women in America and around the world marching for the equality they deserve – from equal pay and paid family leave, to more affordable health care and child care, to better educational opportunities and the right to live and work free from harassment or assault.

“Democrats put hope on the ballot, and that’s why the American people elected Democrats up and down the ballot across the country. We never backed down from our values of inclusion and opportunity, because we know that those are not only our party’s values, they’re America’s values.”

Congratulations to all of last night’s newly elected Democratic women, some highlights include:

Cindy Axne, IA-03

Angie Craig, MN-02

Sharice Davids, KS-03

Madeleine Dean, PA-04

Veronica Escobar, TX-16

Abby Finkenauer, IA-01

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, TX-07

Sylvia Garcia, TX-29

Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico Gov.

Debra Haaland, NM-01

Jahana Hayes, CT-05

Kendra Horn, OK-05

Chrissy Houlahan, PA-06

Laura Kelly, Kansas Gov.

Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-02

Susie Lee, NV-03

Elaine Luria, VA-02

Janet Mills, Maine Gov.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, FL-26

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY-14

Ilhan Omar, MN-05

Ayanna Pressley, MA-07

Jacky Rosen, U.S. Sen., NV

Mary Gay Scanlon, PA-05

Donna Shalala, FL-27

Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

Elissa Slotkin, MI-08

Abigail Spanberger, VA-07

Haley Stevens, MI-11

Rashida Tlaib, MI-13

Lori Trahan, MA-03

Lauren Underwood, IL-14

Jennifer Wexton, VA-10

Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Gov.

Susan Wild, PA-07

Wed, Nov 7, 11:23 AM

Daniel Wessel



Trump: “In a certain way I am on the ballot.”




  • At least 32 Trump-backed candidates lost last night.
  • Democrats had resounding wins in the states that carried Trump to the White House

    -- Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.

  • Exit polls made it clear that Trump was on the ballot. Many more voters showed up to oppose him than to support him.



Trump’s endorsements “meant squat.” - Politico Playbook


“Trump boasts of 'tremendous success' despite painful House defeat” - Politico

“Democrats harnessed voter fury toward President Trump to win control of the House and capture pivotal governorships” - New York Times

“Republicans suffer the consequences of backing one of the most unpopular presidents of the polling era.” - Bloomberg's Bernstein

“Trump says the midterm elections were a ‘Big Victory’ for him. That’s not true.” - Vox

“Ultimately, Tuesday night proved a problem for Trump.” - Vox 

Wed, Nov 7, 9:12 AM

Daniel Wessel

At least 290: State legislative seats flipped

At least 29: House seats flipped

7: Governorships flipped

7: State legislative chambers flipped

4: Republican supermajorities in state legislatures broken

4: States voted to expand voting rights 

3: State Supreme Court seats flipped

3: Red states voted to expand Medicaid

2: States voted to raise the minimum wage

1: Senate seat flipped

1: House of Representatives captured

Wed, Nov 7, 12:35 AM

DNC on Taking Back the House of Representatives

DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement after Democrats took back the House:

“The Democratic Party is back.

“Nothing is more powerful than the voice of the American people, and they spoke out loud and clear: Donald Trump does not stand for our values, the Republican Party has failed to hold him accountable, and it’s time for bold Democratic leadership in Washington.

“We won back the House because our candidates had a clear message for working families and refused to let Trump and the GOP distract us from the issues that matter most. Democrats believe that health care is a right for all. We believe that the economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top. We believe in protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, not tearing holes in the safety net in order to enrich those already at the top. We believe that diversity is our strength, and that there is no justification for the brutality of separating immigrant children from their parents. And we believe that facts matter.

“Democrats put hope on the ballot, and we never backed down from our values of inclusion and opportunity, because we know that those are not only our party’s values, they’re America’s values. The new Democratic House is going to get to work restoring sanity to our government, holding Trump accountable, and working to build a brighter future for all Americans.

“I’m proud of the work my team at the DNC has done this cycle, and I especially want to congratulate Leader Pelosi, DCCC Chair Ben Ray Lujan, and all of the Democratic leaders, organizers, volunteers, and voters – especially women – who are working tirelessly to deliver tonight’s results.

“Over the last year, the new DNC built an infrastructure to compete everywhere by investing in our state parties, data and tech, and expanding our ground game like never before. We got back to basics and reinstituted the 50-state strategy that helped us win in the past and regained the trust of voters all across this country. But we didn’t do this alone. We worked closely with our progressive partners to elect leaders with our shared values. And we’re just getting started. We’re going to keep organizing, mobilizing, and fighting. We’re going to keep investing in Democrats from the school board to the Oval Office, and that’s how we’re going to take back the Senate and the White House in 2020.”