What’s At Stake in the 2020 Elections

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Everyone still remembers we have major elections coming up in less than a year, right? With impeachment likely going into a bit of a quiet phase as the Intelligence Committee writes up an impeachment report to give to the House Judiciary Committee (so they can draft up the articles of impeachment), let’s remind ourselves what’s at stake in the 2020 election cycle.

The White House

On everyone’s mind, of course, is the 2020 presidential election. If you’ve been waiting to learn more about the candidates, do check out my 2020 Democratic nominee series. The first primary (or in this case caucus) is in Iowa on February 3rd, just a touch over 2 months away. To win the White House back, we must concentrate on winning the 15 key swing states.

The U.S. Senate

Next up, is the U.S. Senate. One-third of the seats will be up for grabs, and unlike 2018 when the Democrats had a ton of seats up for re-election, this year it is the Republicans who are playing defense. Check out the GOP seats we want to flip and the Democratic seats we need to protect.

The U.S. House

The Democrats currently have the House, but we’ll want to be sure to protect it. We flipped a lot of seats during the 2018 midterms, but remember that most of those seats were in very purple districts. The time, energy, and grassroots dollars that supported those campaigns will need to turn out in force again. Throughout this next year, I’ll be writing about various key races.

Governorships

11 states will be electing governors in 2020: Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. From fending off harmful Trump White House policies to expanding healthcare to signing off on new congressional district maps, who your governor is is critical. These are races we want to win.

State Legislatures

Almost all of the state legislatures will have elections in 2020, and I’ll tackle some of these states in future posts. But let me take a moment to point out that the Democrats have been spending a lot more time and money to win these races, and we’ve been seeing some great results. Remember, whatever your biggest priority issues are, your state’s laws likely affect you far more than the federal ones do. I encourage you to get involved with and pay attention to state level races.

Undoing Gerrymandering

2020 is not just a big election year, but it is also when the Census will be taken. Those population statistics will then be handed to each of the states so they can redraw their congressional and legislative districts–something that only happens once every 10 years. Back in 2010, the Republicans were in charge of so many governorships and state legislatures, that they were essentially able to draw districts that kicked Democrats out of power for a decade. This year, we can reverse that. Learn more about the specific states that we want to target to start undoing the Republican nightmare.

Which races will you be focusing on with your time and energies?

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