The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), an organization dedicated to electing Republican candidates at the state level, on Tuesday stated their top legislative priorities for the 2024 election cycle, which includes the 2023 election.
With its 2023 and 2024 goals, the RSLC intends to “expand and defend” Republican majorities in state legislatures across the country. The committee emphasized that their national ambitions come at a time when Democrats are in “lockstep” with President Joe Biden on topics such as crime, inflation, and education.
“As the cornerstone of the conservative movement, it is imperative that we defend our majorities against the onslaught of outside spending from liberal groups across the country,” RSLC President Dee Duncan said.
The RSLC intends to preserve its party's majority in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2023 and to switch control of the Virginia Senate, where Democrats now hold a four-seat edge. The committee will also seek to defend the party's supermajorities in Louisiana and Mississippi's legislative chambers.
Additionally, New Jersey Republicans will try to build on their triumph in 2021 later this year. Within the state, Democrats hold a 12-seat majority in the state House and an eight-seat majority in the state Senate.
“Now more than ever, Americans need state Republican leadership to pass policies that will counter the disastrous Joe Biden agenda coming out of Washington and provide real relief from the multiple crises created by Biden and his administration,” added Duncan.
Republicans will control 56 of the 93 state legislature chambers on the ballot in 2024.
Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, the Pennsylvania state Senate, and Texas are the top legislative target states for the RSLC to protect. The GOP has a combined ten-seat edge in the six chambers in four states, Arizona, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, which the Democrats have already declared they would proactively target.
While the RSLC intends to defend the legislative chambers in the six states, it also believes it can flip the legislative chambers in Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. The RLSC also believes Republicans have a good chance of making “significant” gains in “liberal strongholds” including Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Washington.
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