What We Have Learned From The Past 4 Special Elections
Over the last several months, we fought hard in 4 special elections to fill seats vacated by Republican Congressmen leaving their seats to take positions in the Trump administration. These elections were meant to be easy wins for Republicans yet they proved to be hard fought wins. Ultimately, we lost all four seats but those losses should not overshadow the enormous ground that was gained in each of these elections. In each race, Democrats eroded Republican margins of victories to single digits in deeply red districts that many had written off as unwinnable. We forced Republicans to spent money to fight for seats that they took for granted. What does the resurgence in grassroots organizing and civic engagement signal for the 2018 congressional elections? If we can maintain this momentum, we have real opportunities to regain Democratic control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018!
The data and design team at Code Blue produced the attached graphic that links the gains we have achieved to what is possible in 2018. We know some of you are still reeling from losing the special elections but we at Code Blue see what was achieved as harbingers of hope, testimonies to the success of grassroots organizing and a rallying cry for 2018.
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