If you’re like us, you want to help save the Senate in 2014 without supporting terrible Democrats like Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. That’s why CREDO SuperPAC is announcing a campaign to help defeat Republicans in five key states, and Save the Senate from Republican control.
For progressives, Democratic control of the Senate has made it possible to hold the line against the reckless Tea Party House of Representatives without having to depend on President Obama’s willingness to use his veto power to defend key priorities like protecting the environment or saving social security.
But now, we’re on the verge of losing this firewall in the 2014 elections. According to election forecaster Nate Silver, “Republicans are now slight favorites to win at least six seats and capture the chamber.”1
If Republicans seize control of the Senate, the Tea Party will control all of Congress. We can’t let it happen. We have to Save the Senate.
Republicans only need to gain six seats to take control of the Senate. Already Republicans are favored in five states, and are launching serious challenges in as many as eight more. It’s hard to overstate how much of a threat this represents.
This is the type of election where grassroots voter mobilization can make the difference between winning and losing — in not just one but multiple states. And the fate of the Senate will potentially be on the line in each race. While the Democratic Party will be working to elect Democrats in all races — we’ve chosen the five swing races out the 10 most competitive contests where it will mean the most to progressives if Republicans can be defeated.
CREDO SuperPAC will hold the line and make sure Republican challengers don’t pick up Democratic seats in contested races in Michigan, Colorado and North Carolina.
CREDO SuperPAC will go on the offense, challenging the Republican open seat in Georgia, and in Kentucky, where Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell’s unpopularity is a huge opportunity to hold him accountable.
CREDO will skip races in states like Arkansas and Louisiana where the Democratic incumbents frequently vote against progressives. And possibly add more races if future polls show presently safe progressive Democrats in Iowa and Oregon need our help.
In each state, CREDO SuperPAC will mobilize the proven, volunteer-driven, grassroots voter contact model used in 2012 to defeat five of the worst Tea Party incumbents (and come within 4,000 votes of defeating Michele Bachmann).
Data and experimentation have shown repeatedly that volunteer-driven, voter contact operations are the most persuasive and cost-effective way to drive voters to the polls to vote against Republicans. CREDO SuperPAC will open local field offices, hire dozens of organizers, and mobilize thousands of volunteers to deliver our message.
In 2008, Senator Al Franken was elected to the Senate with a margin of a mere 312 votes. In these five races, CREDO volunteers could be the margin that makes the difference in the most important Senate races this year.
We don’t need tens of millions of dollars to put a bunch of TV ads on the air. But it will take millions of dollars to build this campaign to scale. And it will take time — so we need to start now.
Thanks for your support.
Becky Bond, President
1. FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast: GOP Is Slight Favorite in Race for Senate Control, FiveThirtyEight, 3/23/14