Michigan is one of the best opportunities Democrats have to flip both chambers of the legislature blue in 2022. The new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) turned the state from one of the most gerrymandered to a level playing field. Thanks to the progress Democrats have made since 2016, they only need to flip four seats in the State Senate and three seats in the State House to win majorities. In 2022, EveryDistrict has endorsed a slate of candidates in must-win districts to build majorities in both chambers. There are a number of competitive primaries (particularly in the House), which we are watching closely. Learn more about our strategy and how you can get involved below.
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Need to flip: 3
Democrats currently hold 16 Senate seats. To get the 20 seats they need for a majority, Democrats need to hold the 13 Likely Democratic districts and the three Lean Democratic districts and win four of seven Battleground districts.
EveryDistrict has endorsed one candidate in a Lean Democratic district (the other two have primaries) and four candidates in Battleground districts.
Democrats currently hold 53 House seats. To get the 56 seats they need for a majority, Democrats need to hold the 40 Likely Democratic districts and the two Lean Democratic districts and win 14 of 23 Battleground districts.
EveryDistrict has endorsed three challengers in Battleground districts; there are a lot of districts with primaries.
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Click on any of EveryDistrict's endorsed candidates below to learn what motivated them to run and how they'll make a difference for their community in the legislature.
MI State Senate District 4
MI State Senate District 9
MI State Senate District 12
MI State Senate District 13
Kristen McDonald Rivet
MI State Senate District 35
MI State House District 27
MI State House District 28
MI State House District 48
EveryDistrict in Michigan
After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Michigan State Senate 27-11. In the 2018 election, Democrats flipped five seats, cutting the Republican majority to 22-16.
EveryDistrict endorsed four of the five successful Democratic challengers: Rosemary Bayer (SD 12), Mallory McMorrow (SD 13), Sean McCann (SD 20), and Winnie Brinks (SD 29). Democrats also flipped SD 7.
After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Michigan State House 63-47. In the 2018 election, Democrats picked up six seats, and lost one, to cut the Republican majority to 58-52.
EveryDistrict endorsed three of the six successful Democratic challengers: Matt Koleszar (HD 20), Mari Manoogian (HD 40), and Angela Witwer (HD 71). Democrats also won HD 62, HD 19, and HD 41. Democrats lost HD 110.
In 2020, Democrats flipped two seats (HDs 38 and 61) and lost two seats (HDs 48 and 96) for no net gain. EveryDistrict endorsed both successful Democratic challengers, Kelly Breen and Christine Morse.