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See the Scorecard for Tony the Democrat’s GOTV Postcard Campaigns (Updated November 3, 2017)

See the scorecard for the GOTV postcard campaigns led by Tony the Democrat, and you’ll see that you matter, and your efforts matter.

Tony the Democrat and his team have been leading postcard campaigns to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for worthy Democrats on all levels–local, state, and federal elections–as of early 2017. Since then he has recruited more than 4,000 people to participate and help the chosen candidates.

Someone emailed OTYCD to suggest that we publish a running scorecard of the Tony the Democrat campaigns, and we thought it was a good idea. This tally is accurate as of October 1, 2017, and is in chronological order. We’ll update it periodically.

Also, look under the ‘Postcard Campaigns’ heading on OTYCD to see past postcard campaigns and learn about new ones. OTYCD has not managed to cover all of Tony’s postcard campaigns–sometimes we learn about them too late to get a post up in time to help–but we did write about those for Ossoff, Parnell, Gaddis, Cavanaugh, Patterson, Keys-Gamarra, and Taddeo, and we look forward to writing about more.

The Tony the Democrat GOTV Postcard Campaign Scorecard:

Jon Ossoff. Primary, House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, Georgia. Won the Democratic primary. (He did not request the Postcard Army’s help for the general.) He ultimately lost the June 20, 2017 special election.

Christine Triebsch. Georgia state senate. She lost the May 2017 election, but gained 43 percent of the vote.

Archie Parnell. House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, South Carolina. He lost the June 20, 2017 special election, but received almost 48 percent of the vote, raising eyebrows among experienced campaign-watchers, who did not expect him to do nearly so well.

Karen Gaddis. Ohio state representative. Won the July 11 special election with more than 52 percent of the vote.

Kevin Cavanaugh. New Hampshire state senate. Won the July 25 special election with almost 55 percent of the vote.

Phil Miller. Iowa state senate. Won the August 8, 2017 special election with almost 54 percent of the vote.

Kevin Patterson. Arizona City Council. He lost the August 29, 2017 special election but gained almost 45 percent of the vote.

Karen Keys-Gamarra. School Board, Fairfax County, Virginia. Won the August 29, 2017 special election with almost 64 percent of the vote.

Josh Adjutant. New Hampshire state representative. He lost the September 5, 2017 special election, but earned almost 47 percent of the vote.

Charlie St. Clair. New Hampshire state representative. Won the September 12, 2017 special election with almost 56 percent of the vote.

Kathryn Rehner. Mississipi state representative. Won the runoff election with almost 25 percent of the vote and proceeded to the general election, held on October 3. (She lost the general. She was not supported by a postcard campaign in the later race.)

Annette Taddeo. Florida state senate. Won the September 26, 2017 special election despite Governor Rick Scott refusing to reschedule the vote in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Statistics are pending. Her Republican opponent had appeared on The Apprentice.

Updated November 3, 2017 with these three results:

Kari Lerner. New Hampshire state representative. Won the September 26, 2017 special election with 49.9 percent of the vote to her Republican opponent’s 47.8 percent.

Zainab Baloch. At-large candidate for Raleigh City Council in North Carolina. The top two vote-getters won seats in the October 10, 2017. Baloch came fifth out of seven candidates, winning 11 percent of the vote.

Casey Conley. New Hampshire state representative. Won the October 24, 2017 special election with 78 percent of the vote.

 

To date, the postcard campaigns have helped six winners–eight if you count those who only sought help in party primaries–and four losers.

In addition, Tony McMullin, aka Tony the Democrat, did an AMA on Reddit on September 29, 2017. See it below:

 

 

 

 

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

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.”

 

Read the Flippable report:

https://www.flippable.org/blog/2017/3/12/iop43l5pg4vlk3sble9dqcamyt3m48

 

 

Follow Flippable on Twitter:

@flippable_org

 

Like Flippable on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/flippableorg

 

Donate to Flippable:

https://www.flippable.org/stand-with-flippable

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Help Democrat Jon Ossoff’s Campaign for the House of Representatives Seat in Georgia’s Sixth District

Help Democrat Jon Ossoff win the House of Representatives seat that Tom Price vacated in Georgia.

Update: Ossoff got 48 percent of the vote–a stunning turnout for a Georgia special election, but short of the 51 percent he needed to win outright and avoid a runoff. The runoff will be held on June 20. His Republican opponent is Karen Handel. See below to visit Ossoff’s web site, donate to his campaign, and phone-bank for it. Watch for additional posts on how to help Ossoff take the seat on June 20.

Original text is below.

The silver lining of Tom Price becoming the head of Health and Human Services is he had to leave his seat in the house of representatives. Georgia’s sixth district will hold a special election to fill it, with the primary scheduled for Tuesday April 18. It will be the first federal Congressional election since Trump took office.

The race will be tough, but not impossible. Democrats last held the house seat in 1978, but Trump won the district by only one percent in November. It could go blue.

The Georgia preliminaries take the form of a “jungle primary,” where as many who wish to compete can sign up, and whoever gets more than 50 percent of the vote wins. If no one crosses the 50 percent threshold, the top two vote-getters move on to compete against each other, regardless of their party affiliations. (The head-to-head contest would take place on June 20.) A total of 18 candidates have registered: eleven Republicans, five Democrats, and two Independents.

Democrats have quickly fallen in behind Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former intern of Georgia house rep John Lewis, who has endorsed him. So too has neighboring Georgia house rep Hank Johnson. Ossoff served as a deputy communications chief during Johnson’s 2006 campaign and as a legislative aide after Johnson won.

Ossoff’s fundraising prowess has been crazy-strong. As of February 28, his campaign claims to have raised almost $2 million in less than two months, with about $1 million coming via the Daily Kos web site.

Ossoff’s keenest Republican opponent is likely to be Karen Handel. She’s a former secretary of state for Georgia, and she was forced to resign from the Susan G. Komen For The Cure for leading a controversial and ultimately failed effort to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Right now, you can help Ossoff by donating to his campaign and urging friends in Georgia’s sixth district to vote for him. OTYCD will update this post with info on how to phone-bank for him when the time comes.

See Jon Ossoff’s campaign web site:

http://go.electjon.com/page/s/join-our-campaign-a?source=MS_AD_Acquisition_2017.02.10_X_Google_Search__X__eyJjcmVhdGl2ZSI6IkpvaW4gT3VyIENhbXBhaWduIn0

Read more about Jon Ossoff and the race for the Georgia house seat:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/house-race-trial-run-dems-gop-ahead-midterms-45477193

http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/newcomer-with-war-chest-gives-democrats-hope-georgia-6th-district/m6cqizE9Ie0UYX1wHPjC1M/

http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/running-fill-price-house-seat-but-trump-could-drive-vote/l1MNkscmQQ2vNYKlka9OwL/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/georgia-special-house-election-still-gops-race-to-lose.html

https://ballotpedia.org/Georgia%27s_6th_Congressional_District_special_election,_2017

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Help Voters In Georgia Obtain IDs Before the June 20 Runoff Election

Help Spread the Vote help voters in Georgia’s 6th District obtain the IDs they need to be eligible to vote in the June 20 runoff election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel for the open House of Representatives seat.

Ossoff gained about 48 percent of the vote overall–impressive, but not enough to give him the house seat outright.

Spread the Vote, a group devoted to fighting voter ID laws by helping citizens obtain the documents they need, estimates that 60,000 eligible voters in Georgia’s 6th district cannot participate for lack of an ID.

In an email sent on April 19, Spread the Vote notes that Ossoff received 93,390 votes, and his nearest Republican challenger, Handel, received 37,993. (The four Republicans who received at least 1 percent of the GA06 vote got 92,590, collectively.) Helping 60,000 people get their IDs could make a difference come June 20.

Spread the Vote will launch its Georgia chapter on May 6, and its first project will be GA06. It hopes to raise $20,000 to hire a full time staffer to assist its volunteers and chapter leaders.

Note that Spread the Vote won’t have an easy time of it. Civil rights groups in Georgia have already had to file suit to defend the rights of voters who register as late as May 20. The state is trying to claim that citizens have to have registered by March 20 in order to participate in the June 20 runoff, which is contrary to the National Voter Registration Act.

Regardless, do what you can to help the efforts of Spread the Vote.

 

Visit the Spread the Vote site:

https://www.spreadthevote.org

 

Learn about its Georgia campaign:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/georgia/

 

Ask Spread the Vote to help you get the ID you need:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/vote

 

Volunteer to help Spread the Vote:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/volunteer

 

Follow Spread the Vote on Twitter:

@spreadthevoteus

 

…and follow its Georgia campaign-specific handle on Twitter:

@spreadthevotega

 

Donate to Spread the Vote:

https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=58727f25f7e0ab8a674b88bb

 

Read about the lawsuit to protect the rights of Georgia voters who register on or before May 20:

https://lawyerscommittee.org/press-release/lawyers-committee-civil-rights-law-files-lawsuit-challenging-georgias-voter-registration-scheme-2/

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-georgia-voter-law-20170421-story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/politics/voting-rights-suit-georgia/

 

 

 

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Help Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb Help Jon Ossoff #FlipThe6th

Help Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb (LMRC) continue their efforts to help Democrat Jon Ossoff #FlipThe6th and win the open House of Representatives seat on June 20.

Founded in November 2015 by a local liberal mother in East Cobb, LMRC now boasts 1,000 members, many of whom devoted themselves to getting the vote out for Jon Ossoff. Your donations and purchases from the LMRC shop will fuel their efforts to canvas for Ossoff a second time. If you know someone who lives in Cobb or Roswell counties who might like to join LMRC, tell them about it!

 

Visit the LMRC web page:

https://www.lmrcnow.org

 

Donate to LMRC:

https://www.lmrcnow.org/donate

 

Purchase from the LMRC online shop (profits benefit the org):

https://www.lmrcnow.org/shop

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/LMRCnow/

 

Follow LMRC on Twitter:

@lmrcnow

 

Read a Slate piece on grassroots progressive efforts in Georgia’s 6th District that mentions LMRC:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/04/the_progressive_renaissance_in_georgia_s_6th_is_not_going_away.html

 

 

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If Jon Ossoff Gets At Least 51 Percent of the Vote TODAY, He WINS Tom Price’s Old House Seat. Help #FlipThe6th NOW.

Help Democrat Jon Ossoff win the house of representatives seat that Tom Price vacated in Georgia.

Big update, which we weren’t aware of before: If Ossoff gets at least 51 percent of the vote on April 18, he WINS THE SEAT OUTRIGHT. No runoff. No head-to-head contest. It’s his.

Key passage from a March 30 Politico piece (we added the bold):

“Ossoff is one of 18 candidates thrown together in a primary in which all the candidates — regardless of party — will appear on the same ballot. A candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the vote will win the race outright. If no candidate reaches 50 percent, there will be a runoff on June 20 between the top two vote-getters.”

So people, GET ON IT. Give him money. Phone-bank for him. Get your Georgia friends who live in the 6th district out to cast a ballot. We can do this!

Full Politico story is below. Original post text is under that.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/georgia-special-election-tom-price-seat-jon-ossoff-236703

 

The silver lining of Tom Price becoming the head of Health and Human Services is he had to leave his seat in the house of representatives. Georgia’s sixth district will hold a special election to fill it, with the primary scheduled for Tuesday April 18. It will be the first federal Congressional election since Trump took office.

The race will be tough, but not impossible. Democrats last held the house seat in 1978, but Trump won the district by only one percent in November. It could go blue.

The Georgia preliminaries take the form of a “jungle primary,” where as many who wish to compete can sign up, and whoever gets more than 50 percent of the vote wins. If no one crosses the 50 percent threshold, the top two vote-getters move on to compete against each other, regardless of their party affiliations. (The head-to-head contest would take place on June 20.) A total of 18 candidates have registered: eleven Republicans, five Democrats, and two Independents.

Democrats have quickly fallen in behind Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former intern of Georgia house rep John Lewis, who has endorsed him. So too has neighboring Georgia house rep Hank Johnson. Ossoff served as a deputy communications chief during Johnson’s 2006 campaign and as a legislative aide after Johnson won.

Ossoff’s fundraising prowess has been crazy-strong. As of February 28, his campaign claims to have raised almost $2 million in less than two months, with about $1 million coming via the Daily Kos web site.

Ossoff’s keenest Republican opponent is likely to be Karen Handel. She’s a former secretary of state for Georgia, and she was forced to resign from the Susan G. Komen For The Cure for leading a controversial and ultimately failed effort to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Right now, you can help Ossoff by donating to his campaign and urging friends in Georgia’s sixth district to vote for him. OTYCD will update this post with info on how to phone-bank for him when the time comes.

 

See Jon Ossoff’s campaign web site:

http://go.electjon.com/page/s/join-our-campaign-a?source=MS_AD_Acquisition_2017.02.10_X_Google_Search__X__eyJjcmVhdGl2ZSI6IkpvaW4gT3VyIENhbXBhaWduIn0

 

Read more about Jon Ossoff and the race for the Georgia house seat:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/house-race-trial-run-dems-gop-ahead-midterms-45477193

http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/newcomer-with-war-chest-gives-democrats-hope-georgia-6th-district/m6cqizE9Ie0UYX1wHPjC1M/

http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/running-fill-price-house-seat-but-trump-could-drive-vote/l1MNkscmQQ2vNYKlka9OwL/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/georgia-special-house-election-still-gops-race-to-lose.html

https://ballotpedia.org/Georgia%27s_6th_Congressional_District_special_election,_2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Follow Michael McDonald for Updates on Early Voting Figures for Jon Ossoff’s House Race in Georgia’s Sixth District

Follow Professor Michael McDonald for periodic updates on early voter turnout for Jon Ossoff and others running in the Georgia special election for its 6th District House of Representatives seat.

Dr. Michael P. McDonald is an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida. He runs the United States Election Project, which tracks American voter turnout.

Future posts will talk about the United States Election Project and its implications. Right now, we want you to know about McDonald’s Twitter feed, because he’s tracking and posting information about the early vote totals in the special election for the open house seat in Georgia’s 6th District, which Jon Ossoff hopes to win. If Ossoff can draw at least 51 percent of the vote, the seat becomes his, with no need for a head-to-head contest or a runoff.

According to his tweets on Sunday April 1, slightly more than 8,000 ballots were cast and accepted since early voting began on Monday, and the Democrats have the lead.

Follow Professor McDonald on Twitter:

@ElectProject