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The Rising American Electorate–unmarried women, people of color, and millennials–turned out on November 6th in record-breaking numbers. Their motivation to be a check on the President, increasing healthcare issues, and concerns regarding the economy, all worked to propel Democrats to take control of the House.
Democratic Gains In GOP-Held Senate Seat States
Turnout Uncertain For Millennial And Hispanic Women Who Favor Democrats
Our recent telephone survey of 2,000 likely voters across 14 battleground districts shows that mailings to inform voters in a relatively neutral way about where the candidates stand on key issues have the potential both to increase support for Democratic candidates and increase the enthusiasm of Democratic voters.
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to last night’s primary victory by Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts 7th Congressional District against 10-term sitting Democrat incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano, Page Gardner, founder and president of the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF), released the following statement:
“We offer our congratulations to Ayanna Pressley on her hard-won victory last night.
By Page Gardner, WVWVAF Founder & President
While signing the Voting Rights Act 53 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the landmark law “a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.”
But there are no lasting victories in the struggle for civil rights.
The Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – are frustrated with the economy and health care costs under Donald Trump and, as a result, are more motivated to vote in the midterm elections, according to the latest groundbreaking research from Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF) and Democracy Corps. Democrats are up five points in the 33 GOP-held Cook competitive House races.
“In Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump has nominated a potential Supreme Court judge who will destroy voting rights, criminalize abortion, and end health care protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.
By Page S. Gardner
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement last week means that the court could become even more of a rubber stamp for rolling back important voting rights protections that prevent discrimination and weaken Americans’ ability to have their voices heard in our democracy.
Although Justice Kennedy was a swing vote for some of the court’s most high-profile cases that expanded marriage equality and protected a woman’s right to choose, he was on the wrong side of history when he joined with conservative justices to weaken the Civil Rights Act.
BY PAGE S. GARDNER AND STANLEY B. GREENBERG
With approval ratings of 42 percent for President Trump and a dismal 18 percent for the Republican Congress, Democrats could be poised to win landslide victories in this year’s elections — from the U.S. House and Senate to governorships and state legislatures.