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Read This Incisive Report from Flippable on Four Months of Supporting State Elections

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Read this incisive, clear-eyed report from Flippable on what its organizers have learned in its first four months. 

Flippable is one of many activist organizations that launched in the wake of the 2016 election. Its goal is to turn America Democratic one seat at a time, on every level–federal, state, and local. Its report on its first four months of existence makes for incisive reading and provides fuel for hope.

The biggest takeaway for you: Early money–and attention, and volunteer support–really is like yeast. Cheryl Turpin, who ended up losing her house seat race for Virginia’s 85th district, lost by only 362 votes and nearly erased the lead her Republican opponent had built.

Key quote from the story:  “When we asked Cheryl what would have made the difference for her—what would have secured her those extra 362 votes—she replied, “One extra week. And maybe not having a blizzard on election day.”

“Why such an emphasis on timing? Cheryl said, “The opposition, Rocky Holcomb, had started campaigning in June…Despite Rocky’s five-month advantage, he won by only 362 votes—in a place known as the second most Republican city in the country. I’m confident that with another week, we could have succeeded.”


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Spread the Word and Vote for These Three Democrats in Virginia on Jan 10, 2017.

Do you live in Virginia? Do you have any friends who do? Please vote for the Democrats in three state special elections that will take place on January 10, 2017.

Democrat Cheryl Turpin is running for a house seat to represent district 85, which covers Virginia Beach. District 85 has been characterized as a toss-up. The seat had been held by a Republican; Turpin could turn it blue. She faces Republican Rocky Holcomb.

Democrat Ryant Washington is running for a state senate seat, representing district 22. It covers several entire counties: Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, and Goochland, plus some of Louisa County and some of the city of Lynchburg. It is open because its Republican holder was elected to Congress.

Washington is up against Republican Mark Peake and independent conservative Joseph Hines for this seat. This is a Republican area but Washington has a chance, seeing as the other conservative option could split the vote.

Democrat Jennifer McClellan is running for a state senate seat, representing district 9, which includes parts of Richmond; all of Charles City County; and parts of Hanover County and Henrico County. Its Democratic holder just got elected to Congress. McClellan does not have a Republican opponent.

If you can only support one of the three, focus on Cheryl Turpin. If you need to prioritize, focus on Turpin, then Washington, then McClelland.

Virginia is one of the many state legislatures that is in Republican hands. If there are too many state legislatures dominated by Republicans, Congress could pass amendments to the Constitution. Any effort to elect Democrats to Virginia’s open state government seats will help the greater cause.

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