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Update: While I'm primarily focused on helping U.S. Senate candidates, I had to add Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, to my list. This is only the second time I've included a gubernatorial candidate (the first was the late, great Ann Richards of Texas).


If elected, Stacey Abrams would become the first African American female governor in the nation. She's smart, tough, and has an amazingly diverse resumé.


Abrams definitely has her work cut out for her in a state that hasn't elected a Democratic governor in fifteen years. She could sure use our help.


Now, back to the Senate:


The 2018 Senate elections are going to be tough for Democrats. Of the 35 seats up this year, 26 are currently held by Democrats (including the two independents who caucus with Democrats), while Republicans will only be defending 9 seats.


Furthermore, 10 of the Democratic seats are in states that Trump won in 2016. Only one of the Republican seats (Nevada) is in a state won by Hillary Clinton.


Despite that daunting math, there is a chance we could actually GAIN seats in the Senate and win control, thanks to Trump's unpopularity, a fired up Democratic base, and a couple of Republican retirements. Right now, Republicans cling to a narrow 51-49 edge in the Senate.


I've put together a list of what I consider the closest and most important Senate races -- the ones where I believe our contributions would do the most good.


First on the list are the leading challengers, starting with Democratic Representative Jacky Rosen, who is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Dean Heller in Nevada. This is widely considered to be our best opportunity to flip a red seat blue.


The retirement of Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona has created another good possibility. Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema is running for that open seat.


The combination of Senator Bob Corker's retirement and the recruitment of popular former Governor Phil Bredesen gives Democrats a rare opportunity to turn one of Tennessee's senate seats blue.


And then there's Texas, where the tireless, dynamic, and charismatic Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke is challenging the odious Republican Senator Ted Cruz. This race is more of a long shot than the others on my list, but O'Rourke is so good and Cruz is so terrible, I can't resist including it.


8 of the 10 Democratic seats in states won by Trump are considered tossups. I've included 7 of them here. I just can't bring myself to raise money for Joe Manchin of West Virginia.


Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Sherrod Brown of Ohio are the most progressive of the seven.


The others -- Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana -- tend to be from more conservative states and their voting records reflect that.


Still, they are with us the majority of the time. And their opponents would join current congressional Republicans in enabling the deranged egomaniac in the White House and in pursuing their mean-spirited policies.


Please help by contributing whatever you can. You can have your contribution split evenly among all the candidates or you can allocate it any way you want.


And please spread the word!


Thanks!

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