Dear MoveOn member,
The last several days have brought some really bad news: Many of the best Democrats are trailing, and Republicans are now within reach of taking over the Senate.
That means Democratic control of the Senate is likely to come down to just a handful of races, including these three which are basically tied but still very winnable:
- Illinois—Alexi Giannoulias: Every poll in this race for two months has been tied. It's the closest Senate race in the country and Alexi is a real progressive fighter.
- Washington—Patty Murray: Murray is the highest-ranking Democratic woman in the Senate. She's been narrowly ahead, but with lots of secret outside money attacking her, her seat is still at serious risk.
- Colorado—Michael Bennet: Outside interests are spending $750,000 each day in the race, but Bennet has been gaining on his extreme right-wing opponent, and the polls are now showing a statistical dead heat.
If Republicans win all of these seats, they'll likely gain control of the Senate. Last week MoveOn members donated almost $500,000 to swing-state Senate candidates, but big corporations are still flooding Illinois, Washington state, and Colorado with campaign cash—and the Republicans have a $5 million advantage in these races.1
With only two weeks left until Election Day, these campaigns are about to make their final spending decisions—and so they need more donations immediately. Can you chip in to help out?
Here's more about these three candidates in tight races who need our help right now:
We've added Alexi Giannoulias to our Progressive Heroes list because this race is so important, and because he's running a populist campaign focused on taking on the corporate special interests and cleaning up Washington, D.C.
Sen. Patty Murray supported the public option, fought for clean energy jobs, and has worked with other pro-choice Democratic women senators to eliminate egregious gender disparities in insurance coverage. Her Republican challenger significantly out-raised her in the last three months, and Murray needs our help to win.
Sen. Michael Bennet has been steadily closing in on his Republican opponent, Ken Buck, so the race is now a statistical dead heat. Bennet wants to create clean energy jobs for Colorado and improve access to health care.
Can you chip in to these candidates' campaigns and help stop the takeover?
Thanks for all you do.
–Michael, Anna, Duncan, Peter, and the rest of the team
1. "Follow the Unlimited Money," Sunlight Foundation, updated October 19, 2010
"Campaign 2010: Fundraising for third quarter," The Washington Post, accessed October 19, 2010
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