Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT):
Tuesday night was an historic night for progressives across the country, for our political revolution and for the revitalization of American democracy.
Nationally, the voter turnout was 50 percent higher than in the last midterm election and, importantly, millions more young people voted.
We made significant gains in the House of Representatives, ending one-party rule in Washington. Further, the new class that will be coming in is extremely progressive and will have more supporters of Medicare for all than ever before in our nation’s history.
Democrats also replaced Republican governors in seven states – Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico and Maine. They also captured some 300 legislative seats in state houses all across the country.
Further, voters in “red states” like Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voted to expand Medicaid. Missouri and Arkansas voted to expand the minimum wage. Automatic voter registration and marijuana decriminalization passed in Michigan. And more than 1 million felons have regained the right to vote in Florida.
There will be a lot more to say about some of our victories soon. But today I want to call your attention to three races and candidates who still need our help.
First, in Georgia, Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign faced relentless efforts to suppress the votes of people of color ahead of her election. Now her opponent — who oversaw those efforts as Secretary of State — is trying to crown himself the victor well before all the votes are counted. This race is close enough that it could go to a runoff, and the Abrams campaign is now fighting to make sure every last vote is counted.
In Florida, both the race for Senate and Governor are within a total that triggers an automatic recount. Like Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum faced some of the most vile racist attacks of the 2018 campaign. Both he and Bill Nelson spent down their campaign funds to try to win their races. Now, they both need our help to pay staff and legal fees to mount their challenges. And with the stakes this high, we need to stand with them. So I am asking:
Can you split a $3 donation between Stacey Abrams', Andrew Gillum's and Bill Nelson’s efforts to make sure EVERY voter’s voice is heard and every ballot is counted in all of these critical races? This is so important.
Elections should be about candidates making the best case they can to their constituents and letting the voters decide. What elections should not be about in a democratic society is winning because your opponents are prevented from voting or failing to count their votes.
We are not going to let that happen in Georgia or in Florida. That’s why your donation is so important.