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Like you, we believe that Democratic victory at the state level is critical to advancing a movement that can pass and protect progressive policy at all levels. Below are ActBlue-enabled state races for governor and state legislatures that are particularly critical because they represent close races in states where "trifectas" -- Dem control of the governor's mansion and state legislature -- are either possible or in need of defense. These trifecta states represent our clearest opportunities to pass progressive policy and put our vision to life. Also, we have recommended support to several secretary of state races in order to protect the right to vote now and in the future in likely 2008 battlegrounds as well as states facing electoral challenges from Hurricane Katrina or large new immigrant populations. This list is the result of deep analysis of the best bets and most impactful uses of our political dollars. We hope you'll join us in helping our state-level compatriots fight the good fight to win.



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Chet Culver

IA-Gov

Former Democratic Secretary of State Chet Culver holds a slight lead over the Republican Jim Nussle (41% to 38%, Rasmussen 7/27) in an open Democratic seat. While this race is getting a lot of attention from Presidential hopefuls, Chet Culver is a really great candidate and is one of the few candidates in the country who is running a serious young voter campaign. He is a a former high school government teacher and football coach. There is no contribution limit in this race.

John Baldacci

ME-Gov

The Democratic Incumbent Governor in Maine has a tough race. The latest poll show Governor Baldacci just one point ahead of the Republican (43% to 42%, Rasmussen, 7/19). Maine continues to be an important state for Democrats and we should do what we can to keep the Democratic Governor. The contribution limit is $500.

Eileen Carney

MT-HD-01

Former Rep. Eileen Carney is running to re-capture this seat in Libby, MT. Carney was defeated in the same race (Heinert and Brown) by less than 50 votes in 2004, and has come back ready to win this cycle. Contribution limit = $130.

Randy Kenyon

MT-HD-08

Kenyon is a Kalispell city council member with strong ties to sitting Rep. Mike Jopek and Governor Schweitzer. Has a strong volunteer operation, and is running hard. Contribution limit = $130.

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Jeanne Windham

MT-HD-12

Windham won her 2004 election by 6 votes after a Supreme Court case invalidated several double-votes for her Republican opponent, Rick Jore. She is facing Jore for a rematch this year in what will be again a close race. Contribution limit = $130.

Geannine Rapp

MT-HD-18

Rapp, a PR/press staffer for the Great Falls Clinic, has run a strong race in this open seat. The Republican primary broke our way, with ultra-con (Focus on the Family) Jesse O’Hara beating a moderate businessman. Contribution limit = $130.

Bill McChesney

MT-HD-40

McChesney is a former Department of Transportation supervisor and now works as a volunteer teacher. This is a critical open seat for Democrats to hold in conservative eastern Montana. Contribution limit = $130.

Katherine Lee

MT-HD-38

Lee is an attorney, former justice of the peace, and owner of a bed and breakfast. She ran for St. Senate in 2002, and won the Dawson County half of the seat by over 800 votes (lost the other, more rural portion). This is the other critical eastern Montana seat. Contribution limit = $130.

Steven Erb

MT-HD-43

Erb is an IBEW electrician (secretary for local 532), and has been involved with campaigns in the area for several years. He has received strong support from congressional candidate Monica Lindeen (this is her seat), and from organized labor. Contribution limit = $130.

Kendall Van Dyk

MT-HD-49

Van Dyk, a 26 year-old staffer with the Northern Plains Resource Council, defeated a well-known Democratic trial attorney in the costliest primary on the Democratic side this year. His campaign team has run one of the most technically sound races in the state. Contribution limit = $130.

Emilie Eaton

MT-HD-58

Eaton won a close election in 2004 and will once again face a close race. Contribution limit = $130.

Paul Beck

MT-HD-59

Beck is the immediate past chair of the county party, an active coach/volunteer with his kids’ school and parish, and a small businessman. His campaign is based on a large volunteer team. Democrats came within 200 votes of the seat in both 2002 and 2004 with a less active candidate than Beck. Contribution limit = $130.

Bob Ebinger

MT-HD-62

Ebinger, a Livingston city council member and film-industry professional is challenging conservative Rep. Wagman in this Democrat-leaning seat. Contribution limit = $130.

Sheila Hogan

MT-HD-77

Hogan, a jobs-training and economic development specialist, is running a strong campaign against Republican Representative Scott Mendenhall, one of the lead sponsors of CI-97 (SOS/TABOR) and a rising star conservative. Contribution limit = $130.

Jill Cohenour

MT-HD-78

Cohenour has won both of her prior races by slim margins and this year will be no different. Contribution limit = $130.

Ken Hansen

MT-SD-17

Ken Hansen, a farmer/rancher from rural Blaine county, is running for his second term. Contribution limit = $130.

Margie MacDonald

MT-SD-25

Margie McDonald, a former Schweitzer appointee and head of the MT Council of Churches, faces off against Republican House Leader Roy Brown in the biggest legislative race in the state. Contribution limit = $130.

Joe Cohenour

MT-SD-39

Cohenour is an Montana Highway Patrol officer, involved with the East Helena School Board and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Contribution limit = $130.

Larry Jent

MT-SD-32

Rep. Larry Jent, a 3-term legislator and attorney, stepped up to run for the seat vacated by Democrat Mike Wheat. The district leans Democrat, and Jent has represented the tougher half of the district in the House. The main concern is his opponent's ability to self-fund and to raise money from tavern/gaming association members. Contribution limit = $130.

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Jean Cowan

OR-HD-10

Four Republican votes are all that stops progressive policy from being passed in Oregon. Democrats have the Governor and a solid majority in the Oregon Senate. Now they need to pick up four seats in the House. It is a tall order, but possible. There is no contribution limit in this race.

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Chris Edwards

OR-HD-14

Four Republican votes are all that stops progressive policy from being passed in Oregon. Democrats have the Governor and a solid majority in the Oregon Senate. Now they need to pick up four seats in the House. It is a tall order, but possible. There is no contribution limit in this race.

Brian Clem

OR-HD-21

Four Republican votes are all that stops progressive policy from being passed in Oregon. Democrats have the Governor and a solid majority in the Oregon Senate. Now they need to pick up four seats in the House. It is a tall order, but possible. There is no contribution limit in this race.

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Suzanne Bonamici

OR-HD-34

Four Republican votes are all that stops progressive policy from being passed in Oregon. Democrats have the Governor and a solid majority in the Oregon Senate. Now they need to pick up four seats in the House. It is a tall order, but possible. There is no contribution limit in this race.

Larry Galizio

OR-HD-35

Four Republican votes are all that stops progressive policy from being passed in Oregon. Democrats have the Governor and a solid majority in the Oregon Senate. Now they need to pick up four seats in the House. It is a tall order, but possible. There is no contribution limit in this race.

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Rob Brading

OR-HD-49

Four Republican votes are all that stops progressive policy from being passed in Oregon. Democrats have the Governor and a solid majority in the Oregon Senate. Now they need to pick up four seats in the House. It is a tall order, but possible. There is no contribution limit in this race.

Tobias Read

OR-HD-27

Ron Wyden says "Tobias Read is one of the most exciting young Democrats I have come across in quite some time". Winning this open seat is critical to Democratic chances to win the Oregon House. The district leans Democrat, but Read's opponent, backed by Oregon Right to Life, holds a fundraising edge due to his ability to self-fund. There is no contribution limit in this race.

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