This weekend on MSNBC, DNC Chair Tom Perez laid out the Democrats’ approach 100 days out from the election: organize everywhere, take nothing for granted and reach every voter we need to win.
Tom Perez: “The best antidote to all this fearmongering from Donald Trump is for us to turn out, to turn out in force like we have done in the primaries — that’s exactly what we’re doing in the Democratic Party. This is another Weekend of Action, where we are going across the country in these critical battleground states, we take nothing for granted. We’re organizing everywhere, and voters understand that this president has put their lives at risk, he’s put their jobs at risk, he has upended the guardrails of democracy. And what I think the best thing that we can do as Democrats, Independents, former Party of Lincoln Republicans, is come out, vote in force…we’ve got 15 Sundays until the election. We are not wasting a moment.”
And across the battlegrounds, Democratic enthusiasm — coupled with the hard and effective organizing work — is leading Democrats to crush Republicans in key metrics like registration, participation and voting by mail. See for yourself:
- (AZ) Arizona Mirror: Democrats surge in early vote by mail returns. “Democrats are returning early ballots at a substantially higher rate than they have in the past two elections, a potentially good sign for them as November approaches.”
- (FL) POLITICO: Florida Democrats gain vote-by-mail advantage. “The reason for the success is twofold. Democrats have put heightened emphasis on getting more people to cast ballots from home, an effort that preceded the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. And Trump has demonized this type of voting so much that Republicans, who once dominated mail-in ballots, are souring on it.”
- (GA) WABE: Mail In Ballots Contribute To Higher Georgia Democratic Party Voter Turnout, Primary Data Shows. “Voting totals from Georgia’s June 9 presidential and state primary elections show Democrats making gains, especially in the suburbs.”
- (ME) Portland Press-Herald: Democrats take lead in voter registrations in Maine. “For the first time in more than three decades, Democrats have the largest bloc of registered voters in Maine.”
- (MI) The Detroit News: In ‘turnout explosion,’ Michigan Democratic primary voters set record. “Turnout in Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan surged as Democratic voters in polling places across the battleground state said they were motivated by a desire to take on President Donald Trump.”
- (MN) CBS 4 Minnesota: Early Voting Shattering All Records In Minnesota, ‘Magnitudes Above’ Recent Elections: “According to Simon, COVID-19 is driving the necessary changes. Already, nearly 470,000 Minnesotans have requested to vote absentee. That’s an amazing 12-times the number requesting mail in voting at this point in 2018.”
- (NV) This Is Reno: Head Count: Registered Washoe County Democrats outnumber Republicans. “Washoe County, notoriously a swing county in a swing state, has officially gone from having a Republican voter registration advantage to a Democratic advantage for the first time since 2010. Statistics from the Washoe County Registrar of Voter’s office show voters registered as Democrats now top registered Republicans in the county.”
- (NC) North Carolina Democrats have made over 1.22 million calls to voters.
- (NH) WMUR: For first time in 10 years, more Democrats than Republicans are registered to vote in NH. “‘These numbers provide more evidence of our superior grassroots organization in New Hampshire,’ Buckley said.”
- (OH) AP: Trump’s trouble in suburbs key to suddenly competitive Ohio. “Trump is facing an unexpectedly competitive landscape in Ohio because he has lost ground in metropolitan and suburban areas, threatening the overwhelming advantages he has in rural areas, state data show.”
- (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer: Democrats requested Pennsylvania mail ballots at higher rates than Republicans in every county. “Although Democrats have a voter registration advantage statewide, they requested mail ballots at disproportionately high rates in every single county across the state.”
- (TX) Texas Tribune: Nearly 1 million people voted in Tuesday’s Democratic runoff. The party says it’s a sign of strength to come in November. “Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement that the turnout ‘showed that Texas Democrats are fired up and are ready for change.’”
- (VA) Washington Post: What do Virginia Democrats like more than Obama? Showing up to beat Trump. “Virginians showed up in record numbers for Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary, leading a national wave of strong voter turnout that analysts said is all about defeating President Trump.”
- (WI) WPR: Despite Obstacles, Democratic Turnout Surged In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race. “Karofsky cut into Kelly’s numbers in Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties compared to the 2019 Supreme Court race that sent conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn to the bench. She also won Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties in east-central Wisconsin. All three were won by Hagedorn in 2019, Walker in 2018 and President Donald Trump in 2016.”
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