Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Something incredible happened last Tuesday.
Ohio held a special election in a district that Donald Trump won by 11 points. It's a district that hasn't elected a Democrat since 1981. It should have been a cakewalk for Republicans, but days later, it's still too close to call.1
Now, Republicans are openly sounding the alarm. Lindsay Graham predicted that Democrats could gain more than 30 seats and end Republican control of the House.2
Momentum is on our side, and it's because of grassroots energy from people like you, Eddie. But the last thing we can do is take an election this momentous for granted! Will you chip in $5 a month to help MoveOn reach out to millions of voters, elect 100 progressive fighters to Congress, and end Republican control of the House?
With three months go to, a lot seems to be breaking in our direction. In the Ohio special election, Democratic turnout was higher, and independent voters voted Democratic by a 2-1 margin.3
In such a reliably Republican seat, it wasn't enough to win decisively. But remember, there are more than 70 Republican-held districts that are more favorable to Democrats than the Ohio 12th District.
That's why political experts are saying that this could be a "blue flood, more than just a wave."4
That's the good news. Now here's the reality check. Republicans and their corporate allies are ready to pour money into races across the country just as they did in the fall of 2016, at which point Democrats held a sizable lead in the polls.
Gerrymandering means that we need to win the nationwide popular vote by as much 11 points to take back Congress.5 And Republican voter purges and other voter suppression tactics are disenfranchising huge numbers of Black, Latino, and low-income voters.6
MoveOn is running the largest midterm election campaign in their 20-year history, and they're counting on folks like you to make sure they have the ongoing support they need to win. Will you chip in $5 a month?
In many elections, what happens this fall will come down to what grassroots activists make possible.
MoveOn has briefed me on their plans to reach millions of voters directly online, over the phone, and in person, and I'm impressed. I believe their plan has the potential to educate and mobilize millions of voters for exciting, electrifying candidates, and to get unlikely voters to turn out in droves.
MoveOn could make the difference in dozens of key races—many of which may be down to the wire and decided by a handful of votes, as we've seen since Trump came into office, and maybe even deciding whether or not we end Republican control of the House.
Can you join me and chip in $5 a month to help boost MoveOn's unprecedented efforts to reach out to millions of voters this election season, elect 100 progressive fighters to Congress, and end GOP control of the House? MoveOn needs to sign up $48,916 a month in new monthly donors to keep its program on pace.
Thanks for all you do.
1. "Ohio Special Election Results: 12th Congressional District," The New York Times, August 13, 2018
2. "Republicans Gird for House Battle as Ohio and Kansas Races Remain Close," The New York Times, August 8, 2018
3. "'A blue flood, more than just a wave': 8 experts on midterm elections after the Ohio special election," Vox, August 10, 2018
5. "Report: Democrats would need huge wave to win US House," Associated Press, March 26, 2018
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