See How Many Members of the House Freedom Caucus We All Managed To Vote Out in November 2018

See how many members of the House Freedom Caucus we all managed to vote out of office in November 2018.


One of the most consistently popular posts on OTYCD is the one titled See This List of Members of the House Freedom Caucus So You Can Vote Them Out in November.


Its appeal is self-evident. It occurred to us that now the 2018 mid-terms are done, we should do an update post and tell you how things went.


As noted in the original article, which is linked above, the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) does not publish a roster of its members or otherwise identify them.


As you look at this update and note the Democrats who pushed some HFC members out of office, think about adopting one or more of those victors for your 2020 Core Four. Also keep in mind that the HFC folks come from ruby-red areas of the country, the sorts of places that the Cook Political Report tends to dub “Solid Republican.”



Justin Amash, representing Michigan’s 3rd District. He won a fifth term.



Joe Barton, representing Texas’s 6th District. In November 2017, he announced that he would retire from Congress after a three-decade career in the House of Representatives. This statement came soon after news broke of his involvement in extramarital affairs. It should be said that no one has accused Barton of sexual misconduct or harassment, and the affairs were consensual. Regardless, he felt it best not to run again.


Republican Ronald Wright defeated Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez for the seat Barton vacated, garnering 53.1 percent of the vote to Sanchez’s 45.4 percent.


According to Ballotpedia, Wright signaled his interest in joining the House Freedom Caucus. See this link: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_congressional_Republican_Party_primary_runoffs,_2018


So, while Barton declined to run again, he was replaced with a new HFC member.


Read OTYCD‘s post on Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez:




Andy Biggs, representing Arizona’s 5th District. He won his second term.



Rod Blum, representing Iowa’s 1st District. He was DEFEATED in his bid for a third term by Democrat Abby Finkenauer. Please consider giving her a head start by donating to her 2020 campaign.



Dave Brat, representing Virginia’s 7th District. He was DEFEATED in his bid for a third term by Democrat Abigail Spanberger.

The election was close, however, with her getting 50.3 percent to his 48.4 percent. If you’re able to start donating to Spanberger’s 2020 re-election campaign now, please do.


Mo Brooks, representing Alabama’s 5th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.


Ken Buck, representing Colorado’s 4th District. He won his third term in 2018.


Ted Budd, representing North Carolina’s 13th District. He won his second term in 2018.


Warren Davidson, representing Ohio’s 8th District. He won his first full term in 2018.


Ron DeSantis, representing Florida’s 6th District. He retired from his house seat to run for the governor of Florida in 2018, and ultimately defeated Andrew Gillum in a close contest.

Republican Michael Waltz defeated Democrat Nancy Soderberg for DeSantis’s old seat by 56.3 percent to 43.7 percent.

Nothing in Waltz’s Ballotpedia entry indicates that he’s joined the House Freedom Caucus. So, while the seat is in Republican hands, it might not be in HFC hands.


Scott DesJarlais, representing Tennessee’s 4th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.


Jeff Duncan, representing South Carolina’s 3rd District. He won his fifth term in 2018.


Matt Gaetz, representing Florida’s 1st District. He won a second term in 2018.


Tom Garrett Jr., representing Virginia’s 5th District. He sent mixed signals in late May, saying he wouldn’t run for a second term, and then saying he would. He ultimately withdrew.

Republican Denver Riggleman represented the party instead. He defeated Democrat Leslie Cockburn by 53.2 percent to 46.6 percent.

Riggleman’s Ballotpedia entry doesn’t say anything about the House Freedom Caucus, so odds are he is not a member.



Louie Gohmert, representing Texas’s 1st District. He was re-elected in 2018.


Paul A. Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.


Morgan Griffith, representing Virginia’s 9th District. He won his fifth term in 2018.


Andy Harris, representing Maryland’s 1st District. He won his fifth term in 2018.


Jody Hice, representing Georgia’s 10th District. He won his third term in 2018.


Jim Jordan, representing Ohio’s 4th District (he’s also co-chair of the HFC). He was first elected to the House in 2006. He won re-election in 2018.


Raúl Labrador, representing Idaho’s 1st District. He left the seat to run for governor of Idaho in 2018, and lost in the Republican primary.

Republican Russ Fulcher won the seat in 2018. His Ballotpedia entry makes no mention of the House Freedom Caucus.


Mark Meadows, representing North Carolina’s 11th District (he’s also co-chair of the HFC). He won a fourth term in 2018.


Alex Mooney, representing West Virginia’s 2nd District. He won a third term in 2018.


Gary Palmer, representing Alabama’s 6th District. He won a third term in 2018.


Steve Pearce, representing New Mexico’s 2nd District. Pearce left his House seat to run for governor of New Mexico in 2018, and did not succeed.

Democrat Xochitl Torres Small won the seat, beating Republican Yvette Herrell by 50.9 percent of the vote to 49.1 percent. Again, please consider donating to Small’s 2020 re-election campaign.


Scott Perry, representing Pennsylvania’s 4th District. In February 2018, the state’s Supreme Court threw out the old Congressional district map, deeming it illegally gerrymandered. What was the 4th now covers much of what was the 13th district.

It looked like Perry wouldn’t run again in 2018, but he did, in Pennsylvania’s 10th district, and he won.

Democrat Madeleine Dean defeated Republican Dan David to represent Pennsylvania’s 4th District. Please help her hold the seat by donating to her 2020 re-election campaign.


Bill Posey, representing Florida’s 8th District. He won a sixth term in 2018.


Mark Sanford, representing South Carolina’s 1st District. If the name sounds familiar, yeah, this was the guy who melted down as governor of South Carolina over extramarital affairs. Remember “hiking the Appalachian Trail”? Yeah, he’s that guy. Anyway, he won the House seat in a special election in 2013 and ran for re-election, but didn’t get past the Republican primary.

Democrat Joe Cunningham won the seat in 2018. Please help him hold it by giving to his 2020 re-election campaign.


David Schweikert, representing Arizona’s 6th District. He won a fifth term in 2018.


Randy Weber, representing Texas’s 14th District. He defeated Democrat Adrienne Bell to win a fourth term in 2018.


See OTYCD‘s post on Adrienne Bell:



Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd District. He won a fourth term in 2018.




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As for cites on the House Freedom Caucus…


Read about the HFC’s drafting of articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein:




Read the actual articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, obtained by the Washington Post:




Read a USA Today Op-Ed on how the impeachment effort against Rosenstein represents a violation of ethical rules and an attempt to hobble Mueller’s probe:




Read a CNN story on a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee decrying the HFC’s shens:




Read stories about Rod Rosenstein standing firm in the face of the HFC’s threat:




And read some background on the HFC:


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See If You Have Off-Year Elections Where You Live, And Get Involved

See if you have off-year elections where you live, and get involved.


It’s 2019. The mid-terms were last year. The presidential election is next year.


That doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on.


Some states are having legislative elections in 2019, and you might be having local elections in the fall, for mayor, city council, selectmen, and the like.


You can find out by checking your local newspaper’s website or the website for your city or town hall.


If you have local elections, note the date, and start following information about the elections and the candidates.


Figure out where each candidate stands. If you like one, consider donating to or volunteering for him or her.


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The time has come.


It’s worth all caps.




Know also: Some Democrats will lose some races. We at OTYCD would be delighted if every Democrat wins every race everywhere, but come on, that’s not gonna happen.


Know also: Trump, notoriously, has done nothing to secure America’s voting infrastructure against onslaughts from Russian cyber-attacks.


Whatever happens, stay strong, stay realistic, and stay here and carry on the fight.


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Learn If You Live In A Pivot County

Check these Ballotpedia links and see if you live in a Pivot County–an area that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and voted for Donald Trump in 2016.


Ballotpedia, a website that comprehensively covers candidates and races at the local, state, and federal levels in America, has identified 206 “pivot counties” in 34 states.


On average, Obama won these counties with an average margin of victory of 12.23 percent in 2008 and 8.22 percent in 2012 before Trump won them with an average margin of victory of 11.43 in 2016.


Are any of these counties near you?


The Obama-Obama-Trump voting pattern indicates areas that could tilt back toward the Democrats in 2018 and later elections.


Ballotpedia notes that 19 states with a Democratic or Independent sitting senator running for re-election in 2018 have at least one Pivot County within their borders.


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See Ballotpedia’s list of the 206 Pivot Counties:




Here are the list of counties by state:




Here’s how the Pivot Counties overlap with Congressional districts (this is the entry that notes that 19 incumbent Democratic or Independent Senators come from states that have at least one Pivot County):




Learn about the Pivot Counties’ historic voting patterns:




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Check Out the U.S. Vote Foundation, Which Tells You Everything You Need to Know to Cast a Ballot

Check out the U.S. Vote Foundation, an impressive one-stop shopping center on how to cast a ballot, whether you’re at home, overseas, or in the military.


Founded in 2005, the U.S. Vote Foundation is a private, non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Delaware. Its website offers state-specific voting information for all 50 states as well as U.S. territories–ID requirements, eligibility requirements, election dates and deadlines, etc.


It can help you request an absentee ballot, and help you figure out what to do if you’re overseas or serving in the military. And it can help you find the contact information for your local election office. And if you’re stuck, you can consult the Voter Help Desk.



See the U.S. Vote Foundation’s website:




See its Register to Vote/Absentee Ballot page:




See its State Voting Requirements & Information page (which includes territories as well):




See its impressive spreadsheet that details voting methods and options in all American states and territories:




Consult its Voter Help desk:




See its Who We Are and What We Do pages:





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Support Democrat Jessica Morse’s Bid to Push Republican Tom McClintock from a California House of Representatives Seat

Support Democrat Jessica Morse’s bid to win California’s 4th District House of Representatives seat and send Republican incumbent Tom McClintock packing.


To flip the House of Representatives to Democratic control in the fall, the party needs to win at least 24 seats that are currently Republican.


California offers many opportunities for Democratic pickups–at least eight. The 4th District is a harder get than others, but still doable. McClintock drew ire for voting to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2017.


McClintock will likely prove to be a tough opponent. He got 52 percent of the vote in the June 5, 2018 primary to Morse’s just-shy-of-20 percent. McClintock is a political veteran, and Morse is running her first race. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Likely Republican, but that’s an update–until recently, it rated it as Safe Republican.


But if we get behind her and support her however we can, she could win. School yourself on Morse and see if she’s someone who you can back.



Visit Morse’s campaign website:




See her Meet Jessica page:




See her Issues page:




See her Endorsements page:




Volunteer for Morse:




Donate to her campaign:




Choose Morse for your Core Four:




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Set Aside Two Hours Per Week To Work For Your Chosen 2018 Candidates

This OTYCD post originally appeared in February 2018, but with the mid-terms approaching and the stakes rising, we are reposting past posts that discuss key things you can do to push back against Trump.


2018 will test us like never before. We have to support more than one campaign at a time, and we have to pay attention to races on the federal, state, and local levels.


We’ve already asked you to choose your Core Four for 2018–four Democrats, two incumbents and two challengers, for each chamber of Congress:




To serve those four candidates well, you’ll need to school yourself on their voting records and their backgrounds. If they’ve written books, you need to read them. You need to become expert in them so you can persuade people to vote for them and defend them to those who are skeptical or hostile.


Once you feel like you have those four under control, you should see whether you can add other races to your load. A total of 36 gubernatorial races happen in 2018, and several state races for Attorney General take place, too. And you might have state senators and state house representative contests to watch. Plus, your local electeds might be running, too.


In order to stay on top of it all, find a way to commit a minimum of two hours a week to state, local, and federal 2018 races. Money always matters, of course, but time can be even more valuable to a candidate. If you’re an excellent political volunteer, your time might be worth several times more than your dollar donations.


You don’t have to give your time in a two-hour block. You can chop it up as needed–four half-hours, an hour here and an hour there, twelve 20-minute blocks, twenty-four ten minute blocks, whatever works best for you.


Research, reading, attending speeches, going to Indivisible meetings, and talking to other people all count, as does phone-banking, canvassing, and writing GOTV postcards.


If you can give more than two hours a week, great! But the key thing is to aim to give at least two hours a week, and stick to it.


As we head toward Labor Day 2018, you might want to think about rearranging your schedule to give even more time to 2018 races. Almost all of them will end on November 6, 2018, and campaign needs will grow more intense as early November approaches.


It makes sense to sit down now and plan how September through November will go, particularly if you’ll have other standing obligations to work around, such as school, or your kids’ schools, or holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.


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