At Winter Meeting, Democratic Governors Celebrate Historic Wins and Look Ahead to 2023

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This weekend, Democratic governors and governors-elect gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the DGA’s annual winter meeting. They discussed how Democrats in governor’s races ran on kitchen-table issues to pick up a net of two seats and how the DGA is planning ahead and investing to win in 2023 and beyond.

Here’s what people are saying about the winter meeting:

  • Washington Post: “As Democratic governors descended on the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here for their annual winter meeting this week, the city’s reputation for bacchanalia felt particularly fitting. The chief executives were celebrating a string of recent victories across the nation — flipping gubernatorial control in three states and holding off Republican challengers in critical battlegrounds like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”
  • Axios: “Democratic governors and governors-elect celebrated their 2022 midterm victories in New Orleans this weekend at the Democratic Governors Association winter meeting. Zoom out: Dems now hold 24 of the 50 governorships after they picked up three Republican-held seats — in Arizona, Maryland and Massachusetts.”
  • NBC News: “Democratic governors and governors-elect from across the country are taking a victory lap Friday, crediting independent voters with their victories across the country this year after a successful cycle.”
  • Politico: “Democrats have had a lot of reasons to celebrate recently…at the Democratic Governors Association winter meeting this weekend, where governors, operatives and donors were taking a victory lap after an incredibly successful cycle that saw them defend nearly all their incumbents and net two seats.”
  • New York Times: “The nation’s Democratic governors briefly interrupted their annual meeting with donors and lobbyists in New Orleans to watch today’s game. Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, who owns a women’s professional soccer team, and Gov. Janet Mills of Maine, sat on couches next to large TVs living and dying with each play.”
  • Semafor’s David Weigel: “Dem govs-elect talking about their wins. ‘We talked about this being a race between sanity and chaos, and that resonated with people,’ says Hobbs. ‘People still come up to me and say, ‘I voted for sanity.’’”
  • Journalist Tyler Bridges: “5 Democratic governors explain their victories last month and talk about what’s ahead as the Democratic Governors Association meets in New Orleans.”

“Democrats in governor’s races won because they stayed focused on the issues that matter to voters,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “We’ve also proven that we can win anywhere — in red, blue, and purple states — and we’re going to keep our foot on the gas heading into this next year.”