State Democrat group teams up with federal lawmakers to elect down-ballot candidates

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee announced on Wednesday it was forming a "federal advisory council" with eight Democratic federal lawmakers in an effort to elect the party's candidates up and down the ballot. 

The congressional Democrats on the ballot include Reps. Norma TorresNorma Judith TorresDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit House passes giant social policy and climate measure State Democrat group teams up with federal lawmakers to elect down-ballot candidates MORE (California), Katie Porter (California), Cindy AxneCindy AxnePlanned Parenthood endorses nearly 200 House incumbents ahead of midterms House passes bill to strengthen shipping supply chain On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on MORE (Iowa), Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordCongressional Black Caucus calls for Senate to reconvene, pass voting rights legislation Nevada lawmakers approve maps giving edge to Democrats State Democrat group teams up with federal lawmakers to elect down-ballot candidates MORE (Nev.), Grace MengGrace MengAsian American leaders push for national museum of their own 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill State Democrat group teams up with federal lawmakers to elect down-ballot candidates MORE (N.Y.), Brendan Boyle (Pa.), Dwight EvansDwight (Dewey) EvansState Democrat group teams up with federal lawmakers to elect down-ballot candidates Democrats on key panel offer bill on solar tax incentive It's now Pelosi's move on bipartisan roads bill MORE (Pa.), and Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerState Democrat group teams up with federal lawmakers to elect down-ballot candidates Washington redistricting panel reaches late agreement on new lines Democrats fear Virginia is precursor to House drubbing MORE (Wash.). 

“At a time when Republicans are using their majorities to pass restrictive voter suppression laws, dangerous abortion bans, and spending taxpayer dollars relitigating a long-settled election, the importance of state legislatures has been put into the forefront," the council members said in a collective statement. 

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The news comes after Democrats running in Virginia's House of Delegates races suffered a number of defeats in the state's off-year elections earlier this month. 

Republicans lead with control over 52 districts, while Democrats have 48 and two races are headed to recounts. The recounts will likely determine whether the control of the chamber split or if Republicans will have the majority. 

The Republican State Leadership Committee touted its partnership with America Rising, a national GOP organization, in part for their victories in Virginia. The two groups specifically worked together for the first time to track a number of Democratic state delegate candidates across the commonwealth. 

Going into 2022, Democrats say they are facing headwinds in state legislature races. The GOP controls 54 percent of state legislative seats in the U.S., while Democrats control 45 percent of seats.