ICYMI: Michigan Dems Secure State House Majority Following Key Special Elections

With last night’s special elections in the 13th and 25th state House districts, Democrats have held the trifecta in Lansing

LANSING — In case you missed it, Democratic candidates Peter Herzberg and Mai Xiong were victorious in two key special elections that made national headlines in the 13th and 25th state House districts — securing the majority in the legislature which will allow Democrats to continue delivering for Michiganders. 

Matt Hall and his MAGA caucus have wasted months throwing a petty temper tantrum and standing in the way of progress as they work to prevent the historic strides Democrats have made on reproductive rights, clean air and water, infrastructure, and more.

By rejecting two more MAGA candidates, Michiganders have continued to denounce the far-right MAGA agenda that the MIGOP has made the core of their platform. Now, unimpeded by extremist, partisan antics, the Democratic trifecta can continue delivering for Michiganders on the issues they care about most.

Check out coverage ahead of the special elections below:

NBC News: Democrats regain control of Michigan state House after winning two special elections

  • Democrats won a pair of special state House elections in Michigan on Tuesday, regaining their majority in the chamber — and their trifecta across state government in the crucial battleground state…
  • Democrats in Michigan had largely made the pair of races about abortion, casting the party’s continued control in the Legislature as a way to continue protecting access to the procedure. 
  • Xiong and Herzberg both emphasized their support for reproductive rights during their campaigns. Democrats frequently attacked Powell for having said he opposes all abortion care “without exception” and for having suggested he’d try to repeal the state’s abortion protections…
  • Led by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Democrats have enacted laws over the past two years protecting abortion rights, boosting unions, combating gun violence and expanding LGBTQ protections…
  • “Michigan is a purple state. We certainly shouldn’t let our foot off the gas here,” Democratic House Speaker Joe Tate said. “We still have a lot of work that we need to do, in particular, in getting out our message and working with the Biden campaign.”

Detroit News: Democrats retake majority in state House after Herzberg, Xiong outpace opponents

  • Democrats regained their narrow 56-54 majority in the Michigan House after capturing two special elections in Metro Detroit on Tuesday.
  • Macomb County Commissioner Mai Xiong and Westland City Councilman Peter Herzberg, both Democrats, led their opponent by wide margins in unofficial results in House Districts 13 and 25 late Tuesday…
  • Herzberg said his goal in the first weeks joining session would be to ensure the budget priorities of cities in his district are recognized in the state budget. He called Tuesday’s victory a “big win” for the state.
  • “Democrats turned out and we’re excited to take back the majority,” Herzberg said…
  • “Your unwavering belief in our vision and your commitment to positive change have inspired me every step of the way,” Xiong said…
  • “These seats will allow Democrats to continue fighting for a brighter future for all Michiganders,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes.

Bridge Michigan: Democrats retake Michigan House with special election wins

  • Democrats are back in control of the Michigan House – and the full state government – for the rest of the year after their candidates in two special elections won big Tuesday night…
  • With their majority restored, House Democrats are expected to quickly ramp up talks on the state budget for next fiscal year, including consideration of the $80.7 billion spending plan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed in February. 
  • “These seats will allow Democrats to continue fighting for a brighter future for all Michiganders,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes said in a statement Tuesday night as polls closed…
  • “I’ve cherished the opportunities this state has provided, from receiving a higher education to finding meaningful employment, starting a business, and raising a family,” Xiong said Tuesday night in a victory statement.
  • “There is still work to be done to ensure that every family has a fair chance to thrive.


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