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by Steve Collins

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This year, we have the rare opportunity to support a candidate for President we can really admire and whose policies will uniformly improve our country, Barack Obama. We also have the opportunity to replace several failed Republican incumbents in congress, which will make needed legislative initiatives possible.
The targeted races below all feature strong Democratic candidates challenging incumbent Republicans. All the candidates are close in the polls, despite most being vastly outspent by the incumbent. They're in real need of contributions, and your dollars can make the difference.
Just fill in a total amount you'd like to contribute, and it'll be distributed evenly across the candidates below. Or, pick amounts for individual candidates as you see fit.
- Post-election update - With most of the election results now in, I've added the results wherever available. These were tight, under-funded races, so our contributions really helped make some squeakers go our way. It also means many were close losses or remain undecided.
As of Nov. 6, our record was 11 wins, and 4 losses. 4 races are yet to be called, of which 1 is a probable loss. That means we helped put 11 - 15 more progressive Dems in congress! (and kick out 11-15 Bush Repubs!) I'll update as the results come in. Great work, everyone, you all helped make a big difference.



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Barack Obama

President

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! Nice work everyone. Now let's keep working to help Barack and Congress build a new New Deal.

Obama's policies will give a tax cut to 95% of Americans, make education and health care more affordable, protect the environment and invest in clean energy sources, and still turn the federal budget deficit into a surplus by ending the Iraq war, closing corporate tax loopholes, and raising taxes on individuals with more than $250k in income to 2000 levels. He's one smart progressive. Not to mention that, unlike McCain, he won't be shackled to a party with a corrupt and failed ideology borne out by the legacies of the last 3 republican presidents. Throw the bums out! Obama chose to turn down federal financing for his campaign because he's been able to get small contributions from so many small donors... like you. Without our help, the Obama campaign will be outspent by Republican soft-money 527s, PACs and the RNC, just like in 2004 and 2000. Please help keep the fund race on the side of small donors like us. www.barackobama.com poll tracking for this election funds tracking for this election

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Kay Hagan

NC-Sen

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The final vote was 53-44, Hagan. Nice work everyone; our dollars helped here. Did you see those "rocking chairs" commercials? One way or another, we helped put them on the air.

Kay Hagan has been a North Carolina State Senator for 10 years where she's earned high marks from non-partisan groups for her effectiveness in pushing through bipartisan legislation, including bills providing health care for poor children, college tuition assistance, improved body armor for NC Nat'l guardsmen, hurricane relief, and balanced budget legislation. She's a good progressive, especially for North Carolina. Her opponent, the incumbent Elizabeth Dole, is a go-along-to-get-along, do-nothing, old-south Republican who's spent 40 years in DC and voted with Bush 92% of the time. Hagan has been running strong against Dole over the past few months, coming to within a few points in the latest polls. Hagan is being outspent 3 to 1, and she needs our help to get her message out against this thoroughly entrenched incumbent. www.kayhagan.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Jeff Merkley

OR-Sen

- Update, Nov. 6 2008 - We won! This one looked close on election morning, but as the ballots from the Portland area were finally counted, it turned into a decent margin for Merkley: 49-46. Our support made a difference here.

Jeff Merkley is the speaker of the Oregon House, where he's focused on labor and environmental issues and has been heralded by state non-partisan and news organizations as one of the most productive speakers in the state's history. He opposed the Iraq war and FISA and supports fair trade. He has an inspiring life story, son of a mill worker, etc. He is an honest-to-goodness full-bore strong progressive Democrat. His opponent in the race, Gordon Smith, is a super-rich frozen food magnate with ties to the indicted Ted Stevens and he voted with Bush 85% of the time (91% in non-election years). Smith's policy positions conflict with the vast majority of Oregonians, on issues from the war to choice. The race is close, and Merkley is within 5-10 points of Smith, but he's being out-spent by the incumbent 4 to 1. Stand with our progressive kin in Oregon to help put a real progressive Democrat in the Senate. www.jeffmerkley.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Mark Begich

AK-Sen

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - Although the election-day tally has Begich losing to the 7-count convicted felon Ted Stevens by 4,000 votes of the ~200,000 cast, another ~60,000 early/absentee ballots have yet to be counted. This one remains undecided.

The popular mayor of Anchorage, Begich poses a strong alternative to the indicted incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens (R) who has made a career of sending federal pork to Alaska, most famously for the $400 million "Bridge to Nowhere". Begich has held a significant lead over Stevens, but the race has tightened since Palin was announced as McCain's running mate. Begich is also being outspent 3 to 1. Help fund a corruption-free Senator against one whose earmarks have built a large war chest. www.begich.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Jim Martin

GA-Sen

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - Although the election-day tally has Martin losing by a solid 3%, Georgia law requires a runoff if neither candidate breaks 50%. As of now, Chambliss has 49.8% of the vote, which is likely to decrease further as provisional and absentee ballots are counted. Runoff time! DONATE AGAIN TODAY!

Jim Martin has a respectable progressive record and policy platform, especially for Georgia. The incumbent, Saxby Chambliss, is truly awful. Martin is being outspent 10 to 1 (!!!), and was written off by many (including me) earlier in the summer. But two recent polls now show him neck-and-neck with the incumbent, possibly on voters' frustrations with the Republicans' management of the economy. Your contribution goes a long way with Martin, and a pickup in this seat would critically change the Senate that President Obama will have to work with. www.martinforsenate.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Ronnie Musgrove

MS-Sen

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We lost this one, 45-55. A tough state to win in, especially when being outspent 3:1. A valiant effort, nevertheless.

Musgrove is a popular former governor, with a record of accomplishments that's pretty good... for Mississippi. And, as a Democratic Senator, he'll bring more votes to the better party in DC. His opponent, Bob Wicker, is a typical old-south Republican, appointed by Trent Lott. In his short tenure, Wicker has been an outspoken proponent of Bush's policies. The Republican governor has re-ordered the ballot to put Musgrove's name at the very end, beneath local school board races, etc, hoping many will stop reading after the top of the ticket. Typical Republican b.s. Musgrove was ahead a month ago, but he's being outspent 3 to 1. With Palin on the Republican presidential ticket social conservatives have tightened the race. Help make a better congressional delegation. musgroveforsenate.net poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Mark Udall

CO-Sen

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 52-43, Udall. Nice work everyone; our dollars helped here.

U.S. Congressman Mark Udall is a good progressive candidate. He voted against the Iraq war and against the Patriot Act, and has been a leader on clean energy technology. The incumbent, Bob Schaffer, has strong ties to Jack Abramoff and was one of the congressmen who fought against improving labor laws in the Mariana Islands, where immigrants were used essentially as slave labor. Udall has held a slim lead in the race, but he's behind on fundraising and needs our support. www.markudall.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Betsy Markey

CO-04

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 56-44. Nice work everyone!

Betsy Markey is being outspent by her incumbent opponent by almost 2 to 1, yet she has a narrow lead in this important house race. Her opponent is a staunch anti-environmentalist and Bush Republican. Help even the playing field and build a better U.S. Congress. www.markeyforcongress.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Larry Kissell

NC-08

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 55-45. Nice work everyone!

Larry Kissel is a social studies teacher and economist, who came within a few hundred votes of winning this seat in 2006. Kissell is being outspent by his incumbent opponent nearly 4 to 1, yet he trails by less than 5 points in this key house race. Help even the playing field and build a better U.S. House. www.larrykissell.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Dina Titus

NV-03

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 47-42. Nice work everyone!

Dina Titus has been a government teacher for 30 years and a state senator for 20, including more than a decade she has spent as minority leader of the Nevada Senate. Her opponent, Republican Jon Porter, is a typical Bush Republican, and has an especially bad record on energy issues. Titus is being outspent by this incumbent by more than 3 to 1, yet the race is a dead heat. Help even the playing field and bring this talented legislator to the U.S. Congress. www.dinatitus.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Gary Peters

MI-14

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 52-43. Nice work everyone!

Gary Peters was a state senator for more than a decade and commissioner of the Michigan Lottery. He's an officer in the Naval reserve. His incumbent opponent, Republican Joe Knollenberg, is not the worst Republican in congress, but he's too conservative for his district and he's a loyal rubber-stamp Republican. It's time for Joe to go. Peters is being outspent by the incumbent 2 to 1, yet is tied with the incumbent. Help oust a loyal Bush Republican whose time has come. www.petersforcongress.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Kathy Dahlkemper

PA-03

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 52-48. Nice work everyone!

Dahlkemper is a small business owner and community organizer who founded the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park and is in the national leadership of the Girl Scouts of America. She's a mother of five. She's got a great progressive policy agenda. Her opponent is tied to the Foley scandal and has been a rubber stamp for Bush. Dahlkemper is being outspent nearly 4 to 1 by the incumbent, yet she remains tied in polls. Every dollar will help in this tight race. www.kathydahlkemperforcongress.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating fund tracking for this election

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Ethan Berkowitz

AK-AL

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - Amazingly, this is a likely loss, with Berkowitz trailing by 8%, though it hasn't been called yet for the same reason as the AK senate race above - about 23% of the ballots are still uncounted. I'm still trying to pin down the reasons Alaskans voted for two corrupt fools for congress this cycle.

Ethan Berkowitz is a former prosecutor, state legislator, and minority leader of the Alaska House. Berkowitz has a strong lead over the notoriously corrupt incumbent Don Young (another Bridge to Nowhere champion), despite being outspent 2 to 1. This is a small-money race where every dollar counts. Help keep the playing field even! www.ethanberkowitz.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Steve Driehaus

OH-01

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 52-48. Nice work everyone!

Driehaus is a state representative of 8 years who has fought to expand health care coverage and whose work against predatory lending led Governor Strickland to create the Foreclosure Task Force. He was in the peace corps and has been director of several poverty and education non-profits. He's popular among local press an independent groups. The incumbent, Steve Chabot, is a typical Bush republican. Although Driehaus has been outspent nearly 2 to 1, the race remains close. Your contribution would be very meaningful in this race, particularly during a Presidential election year. www.driehaus2008.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Joe Garcia

FL-25

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We lost, 47-53. Another tight race where our contributions helped, but weren't quite enough. Next cycle.

Joe Garica is a former president of the Cuban American National Foundation, promising a serious top-tier contest in what was once considered an impregnable GOP stronghold. Garcia is being outspent by the incumbent, yet is within 5 points of the Bush-Republican Diaz-Balart.

- Update - The Diaz-Balart brothers have just been implicated in a scandal involving an indicted Puerto Rican businessman and "suitcases full of cash". This pickup may have just turned a lot easier (yeah 50-state strategy!) Throw the incumbent an anvil.

www.joegarcia08.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Victoria Wulsin

OH-02

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We lost, 37-45. Independent David Krikorian took 18% of the vote, possibly siphoning off a significant number of conservative-leaning voters who disliked the incumbent Schmidt. A tough break.

In 2006 Wulsin nearly beat the incumbent Jean Schmidt, who is embarrassingly terrible. Wulsin has the right stuff and has succeeded in slightly out-raising her opponent, but this is a tough district that leans heavily Republican. She needs our help to win the rematch! www.wulsinforcongress.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Mark Schauer

MI-07

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We won! The vote stands at 49-46. Nice work everyone!

Mark Schauer is the minority leader of the Michigan Senate, where he has prioritized quality schools, early childhood development, job training and economic development, and access to health care. His opponent, the incumbent Tim Walberg is a member of the far-right Club For Growth and has strongly supported Bush policies. This district has been deep red in recent cycles, but is showing signs of having had enough. Schauer has been a successful fundraiser, but he'll need all the help he can get. Help replace a really terrible incumbent with this competent progressive legislator. www.markschauer.com poll tracking for this election - ssp rating funds tracking for this election

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Ayanna M. Lee

PA-HD-44

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - We lost this one big, 37-63. Nevertheless, Ayanna is a young politician and will be better prepared for the next run thanks to our support.

From the Progressive Majority project: Ayanna Lee is a 34-year-old candidate running for the state House of Representatives in District 44. She is running against an entrenched conservative in a district where more than 60% of registered voters are Democrats. Currently, she works as an associate with Reed-Smith Law Firm's Real Estate Group. As a lifelong resident of Allegheny County and graduate of The Duquesne University School of Law, she knows the community well. Ayanna, a champion for progressive issues, has already demonstrated her tenacity as she persevered against a ballot challenge which would have had her name removed from the ballot. Ayanna has been endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Char-Valley Democratic Committee, Allegheny County Labor Council, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania Women's Campaign Fund, and Pittsburgh Firefighters IAFF Local No. 1. www.ayannalee.com

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Jessica King

WI-SD-18

- Update, Nov. 5 2008 - This one is within 180 votes and will go to a recount. Win or lose, we've helped start the career of a young progressive politician, so it's money well spent.

From the Progressive Majority project: Jessica King is another Progressive Majority candidate. She was on the Oshkosh City Council where her 2007 victory helped flip the council to a progressive majority. She is now running for state Senate in an open seat being vacated by a conservative incumbent. This district is key to expanding the one-seat majority currently held in the Senate. Having grown up in Fond du Lac County, the rural, more conservative part of the Senate district, Jessica has a natural base in an area where progressives usually struggle. Her long history in the community - she went to grade school through college and now practices law in the district - will enable her to cross party and ideological lines, build consensus and work for real change. www.jesskingforsenate.com

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Progressive Majority

"Progressive Majority recruits committed progressives to run for office at the state and local levels. More than 750 people have accepted our call to serve and, as a result, we've elected 272 to office. This work is changing American politics - we've helped flip control of four state legislatures and 30 local governments. Finally, the rise of the right wing is on hold and progressives are in charge!" -Gloria A. Totten President, Progressive Majority www.progressivemajority.org

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