Democratic super PAC commits $25M to state-level voter registration surge
Driving the news: Forward Majority super PAC is launching the Battleground Voter Project, which plans to target state legislative battlegrounds across Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
- The super PAC has identified about two million likely Democratic and unregistered voters in legislative battlegrounds in these states who are not usually targeted in voter outreach, the group said.
- "American democracy is in a fight for every single inch, with the most important elections decided by razor thin margins," Forward Majority founder and co-CEO Vicky Hausman said in a statement.
- "Nowhere is that more true than in state legislatures - and Democrats have been leaving votes on the table."
Zoom in: State legislatures drew national focus in 2022 due to their broad power to influence legislation on abortion and voting rights.
- Forward Majority, which focuses on targeted voter registration efforts and campaign programs, spent millions ahead of 2022 in races across state chambers in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona.
- The States Project and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee also poured millions into state races.
State of play: Republicans have controlled more state legislative seats than Democrats for years, in part because the GOP made a huge push to win state legislative races ahead of the 2010 redistricting cycle and then used their control to draw favorable maps.
- The Republican Party has historically had a fundraising edge over Democrats in state legislative races.
Between the lines: Democrats saw some success in state legislative races during the 2023 off-year election cycle, with the biggest victory in Virginia where the party gained total control of the Virginia General Assembly.
- Virginia's legislative races drew national attention and huge fundraising totals, led by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who campaigned on a 15-week abortion ban and other conservative priorities.
What to watch: The project by the Forward Majority, which launched in 2017, seeks to register at least 200,000 voters in 2024 in the most competitive state legislative districts.
- The super PAC says that its investment in state races could also lead to gains for Democrats in down-ballot races and the presidential contest.
- "This will impact critical elections not just next November - but also through 2030, when there is an opportunity to shift how power is distributed in America through the redistricting process," Hausman said.