While Democratic candidates in Arizona triumphed at the top of the ticket, down ballot they did not flip any U.S. House seats or claim a majority in either chambers of the state Legislature. Arizona 360 heard from Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini about takeaways from the election and the party’s path forward.
“I would define our state as blue. We have two U.S. Senators from the Democratic Party. That hasn’t happened in over 60 years. We’ve sent our Electoral College votes to the Biden-Harris team,” Rotellini said. “We had a very, very, aggressive, strategic program to flip historically red seats up and down the ballot. We were successful in some, we weren’t successful in others.”
Rotellini said Democrats managed to flip a seat in the Arizona Senate, narrowing the Republican party’s advantage in the chamber and giving Democrats more bargaining power during the next legislative session.
“With our gain of another seat in the State Senate in Legislative District 28. Republicans are going to have to work with the Democrats. And I believe that will be an advantage that will be beneficial to the entire state.