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Mon Jun 10, 2024, 07:36 AM Jun 10

US Democrats deploying funds to boost down-ballot candidates in non-battleground states

Source: Reuters

June 10, 2024 6:11 AM EDT Updated an hour ago

June 10 (Reuters) - The national Democratic Party is deploying nearly $2 million to boost down-ballot candidates in 11 states where the presidential election is not expected to be competitive, targeting specific races from the U.S. Senate to state legislative contests in November's elections.

The Democratic National Committee said the investments will go to state parties in nearly a dozen traditionally Democratic and Republican states such as Washington and Texas, where down-ballot candidates are unlikely to benefit from campaign visits or advertising by Democratic President Joe Biden and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In Republican-dominated Indiana and Kansas, the funds are aimed at breaking Republican supermajorities in the state legislatures, according to a DNC announcement scheduled for Monday and seen by Reuters. In Democratic-leaning Maryland, the DNC will provide $250,000 to hire campaign staff and organizers to help Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Angela Alsobrooks in a race considered must-win for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate.

Many of the grants are earmarked for specific state-level needs. In Minnesota, for instance, the DNC is providing funds to hire two staffers dedicated to voters who rent apartments, who can be difficult for campaigns to reach. In Nebraska, the home of a highly competitive U.S. House of Representatives contest, a $40,000 grant will pay for a rural organizer, while in South Dakota, the party will spend $70,000 to help register Native Americans to vote.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-democrats-deploying-funds-boost-down-ballot-candidates-non-battleground-2024-06-10/

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(192 posts)
1. Way past time to start to work on developing candidates in areas that are not already blue.
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 07:48 AM
Jun 10

All too often we just seem to allow the GOP to make red areas stronghold while they work on weakening blue areas.

marble falls

(59,033 posts)
2. State Legislatures is where GOP shenanigans with districting Congressional seats is carried out ...
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 07:56 AM
Jun 10

... down tickets is where they develop and polish their stooges. It makes sense, twisted though it is: the GOP is state oriented, and we Democrats are Federally oriented. The DNC needs to get more money to Democratic candidates on "off year" elections, too.


(33,608 posts)
4. Texas should be a target, it's too important to concede to the Repukes
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 10:55 AM
Jun 10

Many Dems are still fighting hard in Texas, and they deserve our support.


(269 posts)
8. Why not 20 million or 200 million?
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 07:15 PM
Jun 10

It seems that it's most difficult to learn the most obvious lessons. The rethuglicans figured this out decades ago

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