Dear MoveOn member,
Exciting update from Hawai'i—after a one-week delay to allow those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle to vote, MoveOn-endorsed progressive champion Brian Schatz was declared the winner of the Democratic primary!1
MoveOn members across Hawai'i and on the mainland worked their hearts out in the final weeks, hitting the phones and mobilizing thousands of progressive voters to get to the polls. Because of those efforts, a champion of expanding Social Security is now all but assured to return to the Senate.
This is a big deal. Senator Schatz's primary win is the first race of this year in which a MoveOn-endorsed candidate ran for a Senate seat, putting our electoral operation to the test and kicking off our sprint to November.
We're about to launch a major get-out-the-vote push in key states to Save the Senate from a Koch brothers takeover. Earlier this week, MoveOn members came through in a big way to help fund our 100% small-donor-powered campaign. But today I'm not asking for your money—I'm asking for your time.
We helped Sen. Schatz win—and now we'll need an all-hands-on-deck effort to replicate that success and go big this fall in places like North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, and Michigan. Right after Labor Day, we'll be kicking off phone banks across the country. You'll be able to participate from your own home, a neighborhood call party, or one of our regional phone bank offices.
Will you pledge to make calls to Save the Senate this fall? Click here to make your volunteer pledge.
We won in Hawai'i by just 1,769 votes. In the last few weeks alone, MoveOn members in Hawai'i made over 23,665 calls to unlikely primary voters. Here's what a few of them said about their experience:
I spoke with someone who said that he was not going to vote, but my call has encouraged him to get out and cast a ballot.—Jennie W.
I make calls because I care about my mom and her future; she even came down and joined me for a little while to make calls herself. —Pi'ilani S.
In Hawai'i we used the most cutting-edge technology and sophisticated data analysis to connect our members directly to the voters who needed that extra push to get out and vote. In just a few weeks, we'll be expanding our program nationally to make millions of get-out-the-vote calls in states where they're needed most—progressive Democrats who are in tight races with the most extreme Republicans.
Our success in Hawai'i shows that together, we can Save the Senate this year. But it's going to take all of us pitching in our time and our voices to get out the vote. Will you pledge to make calls and help Save the Senate this year?
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilya, Alejandro, Matt, Amy, and the rest of the team
P.S. Check out some of these great pictures of our Hawai'i members making calls for Sen. Schatz!
1. "Senator Brian Schatz Wins Close-Fought Democratic Primary in Hawaii," The New York Times, August 16, 2014
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