Top-of-the-ticket insurgents like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders often show little interest in helping other like-minded candidates win lower offices.
Near rock bottom in state chambers, Democrats are hoping to capitalize on a presidential year.
To further their causes, Democrats are bypassing lawmakers and turning to voters.
Over the past decade, legislators in several states have sought to expand or reduce the number of justices on their highest courts. In some cases, they admit their intent to tilt the ideological balance.