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2 Democratic groups team up for state legislature races

New York's Capitol Building in Albany. Photo: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee are teaming up in the battle for state legislature seats across the country — with the DNC set to invest an additional $500,000 in 11 state parties.

Why it matters: Democrats lost around 1,000 state legislative seats under Barack Obama. Control of state chambers grants control over map redistricting, which is currently favorable to Republicans. And this last-minute investment adds to the collective $35 million both groups have already put into the 2018 cycle.

Democrats want to expand their visibility in 2018

DNC Chairman Tom Perez. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee is launching Team Blue, a program that makes it easier for people to volunteer on campaigns at every level, hoping to increase their visibility to voters as much as possible in the next two months.

Why it matters: Democrats are tapping into the online activism and organizing that has mobilized their base since President Trump took office — and they think it may move the needle for them in November.

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