Whether you were Ready for Hillary or Feelin’ the Bern, there is no denying the impact a competitive race of ideas had on Democratic voters last night.
You probably already heard about record-breaking turnout across New Mexico.
But did you notice something else? A whole new class of progressive leaders carried the day, bolstered by big progressive turnout in all 33 counties!
In the toughest races, you helped us step up for progressive champions and 70 % of candidates supported by ProgressNow’s Progressive Champions PAC won their race!
Here are a few highlights.
In the State House:
- Las Cruces’ progressive community organizer Angelica Rubio won a tight three-way primary in HD35
- In HD25 State Rep. Christine Trujillo fought off a challenge from a man who ran part of these last weeks from jail
- and in HD21, teacher Debra Sariñana eeked out a victory by just over 80 votes to the new State Representative from the International District (no GOP challenger in November)
In the State Senate:
- Progressive education champion Mimi Stewart fought off a tough challenge from a former Democrat-turned Republican-turned Democrat again state senator,
- State Rep. Jeff Steinborn won his primary for the right to challenge a Martinez Republican in Las Cruces’ SD36,
- and Liz Stefanics was NM’s first LGBT state senator when she served in the 1990s. Last night she won a four-way primary in SD39 to take on Gov. Martinez’s appointee Ted Barela.
and in Bernalillo County:
- Raúl Torrez’s vision for modern, progressive criminal justice reform propelled him to victory in a race to take over the District Attorney’s Office in November.
And there were dozens of others from County Clerks to Public Education Commissioners who carried the progressive banner and didn’t need our help to win.
Did progressives really make the difference?
Have you ever had someone ask you “who should I vote for in this race?”
People do that to us a lot. Almost 50,000 times in the past few weeks alone.
Just look at these numbers from our own website and social media networks:
Almost 50,000 people came to ProgressNow NM during Early Voting and on Election Day for voter guides, sample ballots and news on rallies, voter registration and more.
It will take twice that impact to win in November and we’re already working on it.
So now what?
Well, I gave our staff a few days off to recover, but later this week I’ll be sending our donors and insiders the first draft of our plan to turnout more progressive voters this fall – and not just in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
We’re already looking at a county commission races in Chavez and Grant Counties, District Attorney races statewide and more.
Donors and insiders get the first chance to recommend races and programs to engage and turnout voters – have you renewed your donation lately?
We value all of our followers – you are the ones getting out the vote and signing the petitions for action. But our donors who are powering progress get insider info and the chance to really shape our work. Shouldn’t that be you?