2018 Midterms Election Update

By Brian Dixon, SVP for Media and Government Relations

Here is a quick update on what happened yesterday and Population Connection Action Fund’s role in it.

First of all, we had a pretty good night when it comes to candidates we endorsed. We are currently 12 wins – 2 losses and 2 yet to be determined races for the Senate.

Tester in Montana and Sinema in Arizona are still too close to call, but leading forecasters are pretty confident that Tester at least will come out ahead.

In House races, we currently stand at 43 wins – 10 defeats with 5 races yet to be determined. We made some endorsements in some difficult districts.

Our record in the #Fight4HER target areas is also pretty solid. Across the ten communities in which our organizers were based, #Fight4HER activists logged nearly 2,000 GOTV volunteer hours in the last two weekends of the campaign alone and talked to well over 7,000 voters.

In Nevada, we scored a clean sweep among our endorsed candidates as Jacky Rosen won the Senate seat handily, and Susie Lee, Steven Horsford and Dina Titus all won solid victories in races for the House.

In Arizona, Kysten Sinema is down by less than 20,000 votes with a significant number of ballots left to be counted, and Ann Kirkpatrick won convincingly.

In Colorado, Jason Crow toppled Rep. Mike Coffman.

In Wisconsin, Senator Tammy Baldwin won by a healthy margin, but sadly, Randy Bryce (aka “The Iron Stache”) was defeated. It seems that when Paul Ryan announced his retirement from Congress, the air went out of the Bryce balloon.

In Pennsylvania, Susan Wild won her race for the seat vacated by Charlie Dent (but seems to have lost the special election to fill his uncompleted term in the old district).

In Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty won easily, but Danny O’Connor fell a bit short in his bid to unseat Troy Balderson just months after he failed to win the special election.

In North Carolina, we made several endorsements in very difficult races. Rep. David Price easily won re-election after appearing at our Summer of HER event earlier this year, and Rep. Alma Adams breezed to in her re-election bid in Charlotte. Linda Coleman fell just a bit short in her campaign to unseat incumbent George Holding in the most competitive of the three challenger races we endorsed in. Ryan Watts and DD Adams both failed to knock off incumbents in GOP gerrymandered districts.

And in New Hampshire, both endorsed candidates – Rep. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas – were victorious.

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