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RSLC Unveils $38M Plan to Win State Legislatures

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While the eyes of most voters are focused on the presidential race with an occasional glance to a U.S. Senate race, the Republican State Leadership Committee has unveiled a $38 million plan to defend its state legislature majorities and take back those in which it is in the minority.

In a memo to RSLC investors, the committee indicated that the greatest long-term threat to the GOP is the possibility that Democrats could gain control of the majority of the nation’s state legislative chambers for the first time since 2010. In fact, just 33 seats stand in the way of Democrats flipping the five chambers they need to achieve the feat, as Republicans control 57 and Democrats 49.

The $38 million will go towards independent expenditures launched by the RSLC and its affiliated PACs, donations directly to candidates in key districts, and contributions to allied groups in the states with the best infrastructures for winning state legislative races. As opposed to recent election cycles, the RSLC will prioritize the vast majority of that total to battleground states, including Pennsylvania.

The committee looks to defend the GOP’s majority in the Keystone State Senate, while hoping to turn a one-seat minority in the PA House back to a majority as well.

Other battleground include the House and Senate chambers in Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, as well as the House in Michigan and Minnesota.

“While it is a major advantage for Democrats to have multiple well-funded groups engaged in state legislative races, it also creates obstacles for their overall strategy in the battle for state legislatures” the memo reads. “The RSLC does not have the equivalent of a States Project or Forward Majority to compete with so we can know for certain that every dollar we spend between now and Election Day will be part of a national, data-driven strategy that maximizes efficiency. That cannot be said for the other side.

“The way we make up for the spending disparity this year is by making our investments in battleground states as early as possible, while the multiple national Democrat groups focused on state legislative races are still squabbling amongst themselves over who will be accountable for what. To do this we ask that you consider making additional donations and contributions from your 2024 budgets by mid-July so we can put those resources to work as soon as possible.”

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