So, there’s good news and some bad news regarding our goal to flip the Senate this November.
First, the good news.
Yesterday, the Democrats got a big win when Steve Bullock, the current governor of Montana (and former presidential candidate), filed to run for the U.S. Senate. He is termed out as governor and quite popular in the state. He knows how to win statewide offices in Montana and, of course, has HUGE name ID. His entry into the race catapulted this race from a Solid Republican rating, skipped over Likely Republican, and moved all the way to Lean Republican. Some ratings outlets think it might be even more competitive than that.
Check out his first ad, touting the accomplishments he’s brought to the state:
Now for the bad news.
Well, in all honesty, it’s less about being bad news, and more a warning that we might need to be more strategic. We now have seven Senate races that are in the Toss-Up or Lean Republican column (AZ, CO, ME, NC, GA, MT, KS) but a LOT of the money that we’re raising for Democratic candidates is not going to those races.
Small donations have resulted in over $20M being raised for the Kentucky and South Carolina races. That huge haul is understandably fueled by our desire to get Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham out of the Senate. But their races are rated Likely Republican and Safe Republican, respectively. We have good candidates in both races, but these two Senate seats simply aren’t as competitive as the other seven.
I do think Democrats should compete for every seat, but I also know that the collective power of our small donations can only go so far. And the fact of the matter is, the other seven races are more winnable. I think it is strategic to make sure we are funding those races first.
That said, I’d love your suggestions as to how we can fuel more money to the seven most winnable races. What makes you donate? What would help you make the case to your social media followers to donate to these other races?