Dear MoveOn member,
Tonight the ground shifted beneath our feet.
In a district where Republicans have won easily for decades, progressive Democrat Jon Ossoff has won a commanding victory tonight, with a first-place finish that will give him much-needed momentum for a likely runoff election in June. And it’s all thanks to you.
When Donald Trump took office just 88 days ago, it was hard to hold onto hope.
Now, Trump is reeling under scandal and investigations, Republicans in Congress are facing down outraged citizens at every town hall, and the GOP plan to take away health care from 24 million Americans is stalled out.
Many Democrats are embracing a bold progressive platform, riding a wave of resistance energy, and now have a real shot of doing what nobody thought was possible: winning back control of Congress in 2018.
So take a minute to celebrate tonight and believe in this resistance movement we've built, because we've still got a long fight ahead of us.
Even before the likely Georgia runoff, in just 37 days, we have the chance to send another Trump-resisting, progressive Democrat to Congress in Montana—progressive cowboy, musician, and poet Rob Quist.
Will you chip in $3 to support Rob Quist and MoveOn's efforts to send him to Congress?
A key part of Jon Ossoff's success was that his campaign was powered by tens of thousands of small donations from progressives across the country. Republican Super PACs poured millions into the race, but Ossoff had the resources to respond to every attack and get out the vote.
MoveOn members stepped up big time too. Over 16,000 of us contributed over $314,000 to help fund Ossoff's campaign. MoveOn members outside the district targeted over 10,000 progressive voters in the district with a texting blitz. Strong member support also allowed us to launch a last-minute ad blitz throughout the district in the final week, highlighting Republican support for the deeply unpopular bill to repeal the ACA.
That's exactly what it'll take to win in Montana. Rob Quist is running a progressive populist campaign in the mold of Bernie Sanders. In fact, Bernie just announced that he will be campaigning alongside Quist throughout the state next month.1
Here's what Quist says in his great new ad running in Montana now:
"Did you know that in Congress there are are nearly 300 millionaires? No wonder their so-called health care reform was just another tax break for the rich. No wonder they want to sell our public lands to private developers and hand our Social Security to Wall Street. This should not be the millionaires club; this is the House of Representatives."2
Far-right Republican millionaire Greg Gianforte is expected to pour millions of his own money into the Montana race. He spent $6 million of his own money to try to win the Montana governor's race last year but was defeated by five points (even though Trump won the state by 20 points). Right-wing groups are also pouring in money, since they know that this race will go down to the wire.
And just as we did successfully in Georgia, MoveOn will be mobilizing our 19,000 Montana members to join the Quist campaign, creating powerful videos promoting Quist and holding the Republicans accountable, and using the latest innovations and technology to help get out the vote.
As Jon Ossoff heads to a likely runoff after all the results are in tonight, we'll double down on our efforts supporting him and boosting his bold progressive message.
We know there is more work to do to elect Ossoff, but for tonight, let’s celebrate this victory get right to work on winning the next fight.
Thanks for all you do.
—Matt, Maria, Elsie, Schuyler, and the rest of the team
1. "Bernie Sanders coming to Montana to campaign for Rob Quist," Missoulian, April 17, 2017
2. "Montana Democrat Embraces Economic Populism In Congressional Campaign," The Huffington Post, April 15, 2017
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