In the 2017-2018 cycle, we flipped seven state legislative chambers to Democratic control, defended Democratic majorities in seven legislative chambers, broke the Republican supermajority in four chambers, and gained new Democratic supermajorities in five chambers. In 2018, we targeted 1,600 races and won hundreds across the country, including statewide and state legislative races, as well as a handful of local races for district attorney and mayor.
But our work isn’t done! Republicans still control 61 out of 98 partisan state legislative chambers. And there are 22 states that are under TOTAL GOP control. That translates into devastating laws that target women and families, including the recent wave of dangerous abortion bans.
That’s why EMILY’s List launched Focus 2020. Focus 2020 is a project designed to impact redistricting by electing pro-choice Democratic women to state legislative chambers in the 2019 and 2020 elections before redistricting takes place in 2021.
And it's already working. Democrats made HUGE gains in 2017 and 2018 with the help of EMILY’s List candidates.
We’re poised to make even more gains in 2020 and help our newly elected women win their first re-elects. The outcome of next year’s election will shape our country for the next decade. We’re in the midst of a key election cycle for Democrats and for EMILY’s List.
Are you ready to join the fight?
How We're Going To Do It
The next congressional redistricting will be led by state legislators elected to office in 2019 and 2020, a process that will set boundaries for congressional and legislative districts for the next decade. There is simply too much at stake to allow Republican leaders committed to partisanship rather than governance to redraw maps again in order to manipulate elections at the expense of women and families.
Focus 2020 will work to flip critical legislative chambers in key states over the next two election cycles by investing resources strategically and recruiting strong pro-choice Democratic women candidates to run.
The result will be members of Congress and state legislatures, who work to protect choice and set fair district boundaries in the future.