I like to say, “If it’s Tuesday, there’s probably an election in America somewhere.” So far in 2019 there have been quite a number of elections. I publish a monthly calendar of all the elections I can find–here’s the March 2019 edition–but it occurs to me I haven’t written about the results yet.
Sorry to say, you’re not going to like what I’m about to tell you.
When it comes to special elections, there have been 18 special elections so far. The Democrats have held onto 10 of their elections and Republicans have held on to 4 of their elections.
And the Republicans have flipped 4 Democratic seats.
That’s it. There have been zero Democratic flips of Republican seats. As far as I’m concerned, it is time to raise the alarm. I’m concerned that with all the attention on the 2020 presidential election, most folks aren’t aware that they can help Democratic candidates win these special elections in 2019.
Also, the Republicans have a habit of voting. In every election. Democrats don’t. As a group, we need a lot of motivation to get us to the ballot box. Last year, there was a lot of activity and actions and tweets … and it paid off. So I have a request to make:
Please consider helping with a 2019 campaign.
Use my monthly election list or Ballotpedia’s 2019 election calendar for elections farther out, and pick a campaign you want to help with. If it is a local campaign, here are 15 ways you could help that campaign. If it is an election far away from you, donate, sign up to get updates and volunteer opportunities (like text or phone banking), spread the word on social media, and see if there is a postcard campaign for the campaign.
At the very least, please use your social media platform to inform people about elections that are coming up. We have to keep up the activity, otherwise we see what the results are. The Republicans creep back into office.
Let’s not let that happen again.
In case you don’t want to wait for me to write another election results post, you can keep track of the latest special election results with Daily Kos’ tracker HERE.