Yesterday, voters in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin cast their ballots in their states’ primary elections, nominating some incredible women candidates. Here are some of the key takeaways:
- In Vermont, Christine Hallquist made history by being the first openly transgender woman to claim victory as a major party’s gubernatorial candidate.
- First-time candidate Jahana Hayes, who was the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, won her primary in Connecticut’s 5th District and is poised to become the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.
- Ilhan Omar was nominated in Minnesota’s 5th District and could become the first Somali-American elected to Congress.
- Senators Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Tammy Baldwin (WI) were nominated for re-election.
- Senator Tina Smith, the former lieutenant governor of Minnesota, secured the Democratic nomination ahead of a special election in November to serve the remainder of her term.
- Democratic voter turnout outpaced that of Republicans in all four states’ gubernatorial races, including historic turnout in Minnesota and Wisconsin — two key states where we’ll need to compete in November.
After last night’s results, women make up about half of the Democratic nominees for Senate, House, and governor in races without a Democratic incumbent — a historically high number that could lead to historic levels of women serving in Congress next year. Our party is also nominating a historic number of candidates of color and LGBTQ candidates this year, many of whom are running for office for the first time.
We have the energy and excitement on our side — in Democratic House primaries this year so far, voter turnout is more than 80 percent higher than the 2014 midterm elections, meaning Democrats are fired up and ready to win in 2018.
Together we are proving that we have a diverse coalition, we have the candidates, we have the voters, and we have the momentum. But we can’t let up now — not even for a second. So I need to ask:
Winning elections across the country isn’t going to happen unless we make it happen — and it isn’t going to be easy. Republicans are determined to hold onto their majorities and continue taking our country backwards. That’s why it’s so critical that we elect Democrats at all levels of government to help restore integrity and sanity back to our nation’s politics.
You don’t need me to tell you how high the stakes are this November. Currently, there are more than 100 GOP-held districts that are more competitive than PA-18 — where we flipped our first House seat of this election cycle. Democrats need to win at least 23 of those districts in order to take back the House.
There are also 36 states that will choose governors this year, including 26 that are under Republican control. Democrats have a real shot at taking back governors’ mansions in states that haven’t been considered competitive in years.
Women, people of color, LGBTQ, and first-time candidates are running for office like never before this year — many of them are motivated to run because of the horrendous agenda coming from the Trump administration.
Our candidates are ready to provide a check on this president and the congressional Republicans who enable him. But the only way they’ll get the chance to do that is if we all step up to support them right now.
Thanks for your support,
Tom Perez Chair Democratic National Committee
P.S. Where our party stands after last night puts us in a great position ahead of the midterm elections. We have an incredibly diverse slate of candidates ready to win in November, but first they are going to need your help.
Prosecutor Andrew Janz Launches “For All” Campaign in his bid to Unseat Devin Nunes in CA-22
Fresno, CA (Aug 15th, 2018) – In his fight to represent California’s 22nd Congressional district, Prosecutor Andrew Janz released his “For All” ad campaign with both a 30-second and 60-second version. “For All” highlights Andrew’s upbringing in Visalia, the importance of being raised by immigrant parents, and how a Washington run by people like Devin Nunes has forgotten about the issues critical to the Central Valley: securing water for our farmers, protecting Medicare and social security, and refusing corporate PAC money in order to represent real working families.
The 60-second video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/D5ywAjMD8zY
The 30-second video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/jfN2OpkvoSY
Andrew Janz releases, “For All”, on the heels of a recent public poll showing Andrew Janz and Devin Nunes locked in a dead heat. The poll conducted by Tulchin Research is available here. As well as raising over 1.1 million dollars in the month of July alone, Andrew Janz has defied the odds and assembled the strongest challenge that Devin Nunes has faced in nearly two decades.
Andrew’s strong message of justice, ethics, and accountability is a refreshing change to the scandal-ridden incumbent, Devin Nunes, who hasn’t held a town hall since 2010 and hasn’t hosted a public event since Andrew jumped in the race in April of 2017. For more information on Andrew, please visit www.andrewjanzforcongress.com.
Andrew Janz currently serves as a Violent Crimes Prosecutor for Fresno County. Raised by hard-working immigrant parents, Andrew grew up in Visalia and is a proud graduate of Redwood High. Andrew returned home to the Central Valley after law school to pursue justice and fight for his community as a Deputy District Attorney in Fresno County. Andrew and his wife Heather live in North Fresno with their two dogs Rachel and Robin.
Nunes and Janz Tied in CA – 22
Fresno, CA (August 14, 2018) – Fresno County Prosecutor Andrew Janz has successfully assembled the strongest challenge that Devin Nunes has faced in his nearly two decades in Congress. A recent poll conducted by Tulchin Research, not on behalf of the campaign, shows Devin Nunes and Andrew Janz in a dead heat, click here for more information about this poll.
“This polling is a direct result of the dedicated volunteers and grassroots supporters we have here on the ground, making this a real fight in CA – 22. But at the end of the day, the only poll that truly matters is the final vote count on November 6th.” – Andrew Janz
For more information about Andrew and his race to bring honesty and ethics back to Congress visit, www.andrewjanzforcongress.com.
Andrew Janz is a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County, where he was assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit before entering the race against 8- term incumbent Rep. Devin Nunes after his infamous midnight Uber trip to the White House last spring. Andrew Janz is 34 years old and resides in Fresno with his wife Heather and their two dogs.
Devin Nunes is the 8 term incumbent for California Congressional District 22 who became a national lightning rod after his midnight trip to the White House in 2017. Most recently Devin Nunes has come under national and local scrutiny for his most recent ethical missteps in spending thousands of campaign dollars on Boston Celtics tickets, wine tours, and Las Vegas getaways.
So much of the progress we’ve fought for is under threat. Our values are under attack.
President Trump is sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. He’s dismantling environmental projections. He’s attacking immigrants. He’s gutting workers’ rights.
On these issues and so much more, State Attorneys General are one of our best and last lines of defense against this administration’s backwards policies. And as the nation’s most populous state, California is leading the country in showing the harm done by this administration and fighting back in court.
Supporters like you make it possible for me to serve California as Attorney General and to take on the Trump administration whenever our rights and our values are at risk.
Thank you for being a part of this team,