Race to watch
There are two races PAC+ is looking closely at for larger strategic reasons. First is in New Jersey where Cory Booker is running for U.S. Senate, and we think Cory is well-positioned to serve as the next vehicle for the “Obama coalition” across the country now that Obama has run his last race...
- The other intriguing race is in Georgia where the incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss is retiring, thereby creating an opening in a state that is 45% people of color and where Obama got nearly 46% of the vote without even contesting the state. Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, is looking carefully at the race and if she gets in, things could get very interesting.
- Nunn could galvanize support from women across the country (two years before a potential Hillary run for President), helping her raise the resources to mount a competitive race. Most importantly from a strategic standpoint, a competitive Georgia statewide race could provide invaluable hands-on training to hundreds of activists and operatives who could then provide the infrastructure for contesting the Presidential race in 2016 and the Governor’s race in 2018. For example, PAC+ Board member Stacey Abrams recruited a team of 75 young organizers to work in last year’s races, and that network could be deployed, expanded, and further developed by working on Nunn’s campaign. This is a race to watch.
PowerPAC+ 2014 and 2015 Endorsements
PowerPAC+ 2014, 2015 endorsements;
- Stacey Abrams - Georgia State House
- Pete Aguilar - U.S. Congress, California-31
- Hector Balderas - Attorney General, New Mexico
- Cory Booker - U.S. Senate, New Jersey
- Wendy Davis - Governor of Texas
- Lucy Flores - Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
- Sandra Fluke - California State Senate, District-26
- Pete Gallego - U.S. Congress, Texas-23
- Jesus Garcia - Mayor of Chicago
- Kamala Harris - Attorney General, California
- Steven Horsford - U.S. Congress, Nevada-4
- Judithanne McLauchlan - Florida State Senate, District-22
- Joe Neguse - Colorado Secretary of State
- Michelle Nunn - U.S. Senate, Georgia
- Mark Takano - U.S. Congress, California-41
- Nina Turner - Ohio Secretary of State
- Marc Veasey– U.S. Congress, Texas-33
- Leticia Van de Putte - Lieutenant Governor of Texas
- Uduak Ntuk - Long Beach Unified School District Board
- Rebecca Thompson - Michigan State House
- Stacey Abrams and Michelle Nunn both won their primaries for the state’s 89th House District and the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, respectively, last Tuesday night. Stacey’s primary was unopposed, but Michelle’s win last Tuesday symbolized a rising political shift in a state that is ready to turn blue. If elected, Michelle would be a pick-up for Democrats in the Senate and she would be the first female U.S. Senator from Georgia...
- Contrary to popular belief, Georgia's tipping point is not in 2020 but in 2014. Stacey and Georgia Democrats have plans laid out to chip away the Georgia Republican supermajority starting with Michelle Nunn running for U.S. Senate. Michelle Nunn, the former CEO of Points of Light Foundation, the largest volunteer service organization in the country, is the Democrat’s best chance to maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate. In addition, Michelle’s Senate race will be a chance for Democrats to harness the growing multiracial voter majority in Georgia to secure a win for Georgia Democrats.
- Georgia Democrats want to basically turn their state into the next Virginia, where People of Color can elect Democrats into office. PowerPAC+ believes it can be done. As PowerPAC+ Senior Advisor, Kirk Clay tells our team in a recent Political Intelligence blog “Black Voters Can Save the Senate," Democrats need to replace “the decline of white progressive voters with a surge of voters of color.” Clay goes on to say that “[Georgia Democrats] can’t allow African American voter turnout to drop 3-5% [if they expect win in November].” If Democrats can turnout voters of color and pull in maybe 30 or 31 percent of whites, they can elect Nunn into office.
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- [http://www.powerpacplus.org/control_of_the_u_s_senate Political Intelligence Control of the U.S. Senate Posted by Steve Phillips on May 17, 2013]
- 2014 endorsements
- PowerPAC+Georgia Rules! Stacey Abrams & Michelle Nunn Win Primaries Posted by PowerPAC+ Team on May 26, 2014