Dear MoveOn member,
It's me, Senator Al Franken again. After an emotionally exhausting time in our politics, let’s focus on some good news today. OK?
We have a chance to retake the Senate on November 8, while electing the most diverse slate of candidates in our nation's history, including a record number of women—inspiring leaders like Tammy Duckworth, a veteran who lost her legs in the Iraq War, and Deborah Ross, a civil rights lawyer.
According to The New York Times, Democrats have a 57% chance of taking back the Senate.1 It’s really, really close. That means it will require a historic effort from all of us to pull this off.
So I'm asking you personally to step up today.
Here’s how we get this done, Eddie: MoveOn has hired organizers in the battleground states—including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Nevada—to mobilize and train tens of thousands of volunteers to knock on more than a million doors (since that’s the single most effective way to turn people out to the polls).2
But they need your help.
You see, Sheldon Adelson—the notorious casino magnate who is spending tens of millions to help the GOP maintain control of the Senate—isn’t funding MoveOn’s historic grassroots efforts.3 You are.
As someone who won my first Senate election by a landslide—312 votes way back in 2008—I don’t have to tell you the value of a vote. I simply wouldn’t have won if we hadn’t all come together to get progressive voters to the polls. Our progressive candidates need that same support today.
In most polls, Clinton has pulled ahead, and I absolutely love that. But here’s the danger: If progressives stay home on Election Day because they think we’ve got the White House in the bag, we’ll definitely lose the Senate. In fact, if we take victory for granted, we could still lose the White House too.
And right now, Clinton’s lead over Trump doesn’t seem to appear to be translating into an advantage for down-ballot Democrats. In fact, over the past couple of weeks, as Clinton’s lead has increased, Senate Republicans have actually made gains in the polls.4
That means we have work to do. If we’re not successful—and the Republicans continue to control both the House and the Senate—it will be nearly impossible to move forward on so many critical issues. Debt-free college for middle-class families? Comprehensive immigration reform? Action on climate change? Forget it. The GOP would be too busy conducting their umpteenth Benghazi investigation.
And I shudder to imagine how long the empty seat would stay unfilled on the Supreme Court.
Ready to help MoveOn knock on one million doors, win the White House, and take back the Senate?
Thanks for all you do.
1. "2016 Senate Election Forecast," The New York Times, accessed October 18, 2016
2. "Lessons from GOTV experiments," Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, accessed October 18, 2016
3. "Sheldon Adelson Pours Money Into GOP Super PAC In Senate Fight," The Huffington Post, September 20, 2016
4. “Senate Update: Clinton Is Surging, But Down-Ballot Democrats Are Losing Ground,” FiveThirtyEight, October 13, 2016
Want to support our work? Senator Elizabeth Warren says, "I'm so enthusiastic about MoveOn's smart and targeted plan to hire a network of organizers in key battleground states to mobilize and train volunteers to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors. It's bold and ambitious—and exactly what is needed to help swing Senate races, resoundingly defeat Donald Trump, and give Democrats a fighting chance to take back the House." Will you chip in to help make it all possible?
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