Michigan

STATE HOUSE
STATE SENATE

Current state:

2022

​​I'm an engineer, I'm a mother, I'm an immigrant. When I first ran for office I didn't know anything about politics. To have The States Project invest in me, believe in me early, made such a difference. It helped lift up my voice.
Michigan State Representative Padma Kuppa

The Opportunity

The majorities are held by just three seats in both the Michigan Senate and the House. And in 2022, after working electorally in the state for the past two cycles, we believe that momentum is on our side. The States Project sees an opportunity to flip both the House and Senate in Michigan.

The Stakes

Following the blueprint of other swing states that went for President Biden, Michigan’s legislative majorities advanced dozens of anti-voter bills in the 2021 session, and more are expected in 2022. So far, Governor Whitmer vetoed anti-voter bills that came to her desk including:

  • Banning the use of drop boxes on election day, giving constituents less time to vote.
  • Criminalizing election officials for public communications about voting by mail or locations of ballot drop boxes.
  • Enabling state lawmakers to withhold federal election funds, even if the state is unable to fully fund the election.

However, the rightwing is arguing that Governor Whitmer’s veto could be circumvented this year if 8% of voters in the last gubernatorial election sign petitions supporting radical rightwing policies. With enough signatures collected, a simple majority vote would be enough for any initiative to become law in the state.

Last year, rightwing campaigns were successful in using this loophole to circumvent common-sense public health rules to fight the pandemic. In 2022, narrow special interests are backing three major initiatives: more anti-voter laws, attacks on quality public education, and limits on the ability to fight public health issues.

The Landscape

  • In 2020, just over 2,000 votes flipping across 3 districts would have shifted the balance of power to a new majority in the Michigan House.
  • President Biden won Michigan by flipping a lot of traditionally Republican areas that are also trending Democratic in state legislative elections.
  • The States Project has built the relationships, infrastructure, and campaign experience in the state to help flip districts and build governing power. The opportunity to work electorally in both chambers to achieve the goal of a trifecta is within reach — and we’re already hitting the ground early for the best possible chance of success.

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2020

  • The States Project endorsees won eight seats in the Michigan House, all six of its endorsed incumbents — two-time endorsees from 2018 — and Representatives Christine Morse and Kelly Breen, who each flipped their seats. Two incumbent losses in seats that Trump carried meant that there was no change in the balance of power in the House.

2018

  • Representatives Laurie Pohutsky, Matt Koleszar, Mari Manoogian, Padma Kuppa, Jim Haadsma, and Angela Witwer, six TSP endorsees, flipped their seats to join the Michigan House of Representatives.