BY THE NUMBERS: Democratic AGs Tip The Scales
2018 is the year of the Democratic Attorney General. Not only will Democratic AGs continue to serve as a key check on the Trump administration, fighting to protect their states every day, but the room of Democratic AGs is growing. The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) played a major role in flipping four seats blue in the most expensive state AG elections in history. These pick-ups shift the balance of state AG seats nationwide to a Democratic majority.Here is a look at the Midterms 2018 and the Democratic AG wins by the numbers:
- Tish James will be the first African American elected statewide in New York and only the second woman to hold the office.
- Keith Ellison will become the first Muslim elected statewide and the first black AG in Minnesota.
- Aaron Ford will be the first African American AG in Nevada.
- William Tongwill be the first Asian-American Attorney General in Connecticut, beating Trump extremist Sue Hatfield.
- Dana Nessel will become the first openly LGBT candidate to hold statewide elected office in Michigan.
- 5 African American AGs: DC, IL, MN, NV, NY
- 6 Women AGs: DE, MI, MA, NY, OR,
- 2 Asian American AGs: CT, NJ
- 2 Latino AGs: CA, NM
- 2 LGBT AGs: MA, MI
- 1 Muslim AG: MN
- 1 Sikh AG: NJ
- DAGA continues to break fundraising records, and will eclipse $24 million across all vehicles for the 2017-18 by cycle year’s end. This year, DAGA doubled previous records.
- The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) spent close to $40 million this cycle in attempts to defend 18 seats, four of which eventually fell to Democrats in Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin.
- Early information from media buys and disclosure reports show the GOP committee spent almost half (approximately $18 million) of its total spend on the four loses.
- Additionally, Wisconsin Republican incumbent Brad Schimel is the first incumbent to lose in the post-incumbency agreement landscape.
- As part of the DAGA’s first-of-its-kind volunteer-to-voter education texting program, reached more than 12 million voters this cycle to inform them about the importance of AG Elections and to answer questions about candidates.
- As the only voter outreach program texting specifically on AG races, DAGA’s digital door knock program reached voters in key states including Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia
For a full breakdown, check out the press release linked here.
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