Dear MoveOn member,
Democrats have a fighting chance of taking back the Senate—58%, according to the most recent estimate from The New York Times.1 Those are the kinds of odds where we can make the difference.
We can take back the Senate. And we can do it by supporting two champions who will fight alongside me in the Senate. That's why I'm writing you today.
Will you chip in $3 to support Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Deborah Ross of North Carolina, and MoveOn's campaign to win a Democratic majority in the Senate? Both candidates are in extremely close races that could tip the balance for Democrats and help us take back the Senate.
Why is a Senate majority such a big deal?
- Republican leadership makes it almost impossible to move forward on progressive priorities—or even to conduct basic governance. We've gotten good at playing defense, but the truth is it’s hard to move the ball forward for working families when the Republican strategy is to obstruct the president and grind our government to a halt.
- There is a Supreme Court vacancy now, and more vacancies are likely coming. The Senate, under Democratic control, can join with soon-to-be President Clinton to confirm justices who will overturn Citizens United, uphold Roe v. Wade, and take on corporate power. But only if we take back control. Otherwise, we've seen what the current majority does with nominees: Obstruction, obstruction, obstruction.
- The majority party appoints committee chairs. A Democratic Senate means that senators like Bernie Sanders and me would set the Senate agenda, rather than Mitch McConnell and Jim Inhofe.
I’d be thrilled to take back the Senate and have Deborah and Russ fighting alongside me. Here’s a little bit more about them:
Deborah Ross is the former director of the ACLU of North Carolina, and she’s spent her career fighting for civil rights. And, right now, she’s closing in on her opponent, right-wing conservative Richard Burr.2 For the record—as far as I can tell—Burr is on the opposite side of just about every issue MoveOn members and I care about most.
Russ Feingold has been my friend for 20 years, and he's been fighting for working families since long before I joined the Senate. While serving in the Senate from 1993 to 2011, Russ opposed the U.S. war in Iraq and the Patriot Act and led the fight for campaign finance reform. You and I both know that we need more of Russ Feingold’s visionary courage in the U.S. Senate. (And we need it now.)
And if you weren't already convinced that we need Deborah Ross and Russ Feingold in the Senate, consider this: Both of their opponents—Richard Burr and Ron Johnson—have doubled down on their support for Donald Trump, even after those disgusting tapes revealed him bragging about sexual assault.
These two races are neck and neck. Russ Feingold is ahead by just two points in a poll released last week by a top-rated pollster.3 And an average of recent polls shows Deborah Ross just 1.8 points behind.4
Anything could happen with these races—which is why we have to give this our all.
Will you join me by chipping in to help send Deborah and Russ to the Senate—and to support MoveOn's campaign to turn the Senate blue?
Thanks for all you do.
—Senator Elizabeth Warren
1. "2016 Senate Election Forecast," The New York Times, accessed October 17, 2016
2. "North Carolina Senate - Burr vs. Ross," RealClearPolitics, accessed October 17, 2016
3. "Johnson campaign confident; poll says Feingold's lead down," Star Tribune, October 12, 2016
4. "North Carolina Senate - Burr vs. Ross," RealClearPolitics, accessed October 17, 2016
Want to support MoveOn's work? Even as Hillary Clinton surges in the polls, “down-ballot Democrats are losing ground,” according to the polling wizards at FiveThirtyEight.com. The chance that Democrats win the Senate is essentially a coin flip. We're organizing thousands of volunteers to go door to door in states with critical Senate races to make sure every progressive votes, up and down the ticket. Can you chip in to help make sure we reach our goal of knocking on one million doors?
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