Many of us only vote in national elections. Many of us don’t even know the names of our own representatives in our state’s House and Senate. So it may come as a surprise that state legislatures are crucial to the outcome of national elections.
Sometimes success is just showing up. In Virginia's 2015 House of Delegates races, only 29 out of 100 races had both major parties vying for the seat. The remaining 71 seats are winnable for Democrats - they just need strong candidates to step up.
State legislators and governors implement federal laws, and, as such, they have the power to weaken or strengthen initiatives like Obamacare. We need to elect more progressive Governors -- and we need to do everything in our power to protect the ACA.
Democrat Mary Landrieu lost her U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana in 2014. Had an additional 176,566 Democrats turned out, she would have secured a 50.1% margin of victory over her Republican opponent, Bill Cassidy. We distributed those votes across Louisiana's precincts to show how many more votes would have been needed in each precinct.