Onward! Democratic Wins In Key Districts Is First Step Towards Winning Back The House

June 6, 2018
Brett Abrams | 516-841-1105 | brett@unbendablemedia.com

Courage Campaign Celebrates as Democrats Advance from Top Two Primaries in GOP-Held Congressional Districts

Courage Campaign-Backed Assembly, State Senate Candidates Also Advance

Statement from Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign, the largest progressive organization in the State:

“Last night, the wave that will lead to a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives started in California. The results show that Democrats know what is at stake this election and will turn out. With nine or more Republican districts in California now in play, California counts now more than ever. Onward to November and taking back this country for all people, not just wealthy few.

“Now more than ever, California also needs strong, bold, and progressive leadership in Sacramento that will stand up for all. Courage Campaign endorsed Bauer-Kahan, Eng, Gover, and Silver -- a diverse group of true progressive champions -- and exactly the kind of leaders we need more of in Sacramento. We applaud them on their primary night victories and look forward to supporting them in November.”

This primary election cycle, Courage Campaign:

  • Teamed up with the Orange County-based Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE) for a five-figure effort to drive more than 400,000 women, people of color and infrequent Democratic voters to the polls. Using targeted video ads on Facebook, Courage Campaign told the story of Yolanda Wight, a citizen of California’s 48th Congressional district, and her California story, to highlight the important role that California voters play in the 2018 election.

  • Partnered with Flip the 14 to run an active field and digital campaign to turn out enough Democrats via to defeat Republican members in Congress and avoid a Top Two primary disaster. The groups made collaborated through a joint phone and text bank campaign, with a special focus on new voters and voters who might otherwise skip the midterm elections.

  • Launched the #CaliforniaCounts initiative, #CaliforniaCounts, a campaign to take back the House of Representatives by flipping key seats in California, particularly in the seven districts that are represented by Republicans but voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The initiative was shared by celebrities and activists Chris Evans, Alyssa Milano, Misha Collins, Kamau Bell, John Leguizamo, and many others. #CaliforniaCounts aims to turn out key voters by leveraging the latest cognitive research into how voters make decisions. The campaign emphasizes emotionally resonant storytelling and highlight real Californians, real California values, and the historic role that California will play in the 2018 election. The first phase of the campaign focused on critical primaries on June 5 in CA39, represented by Ed Royce, CA48, represented by Dana Rohrabacher, and CA49 represented by Darrell Issa -- districts where there was a risk that a Democrat would not appear on the the November ballot thanks to CA’s Top Two primary system.

  • Earlier this year, Courage Campaign launched its third annual progressive report card, Courage Score, which indicates whether state legislators voted as progressively as their districts have on a range of core progressive issues. Those with the  scores most out of step with their districts get put in the "Hall of Shame."

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