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Human Rights Campaign to launch $26M battleground state effort

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The Human Rights Campaign is launching a $26 million campaign effort to support pro-gay rights candidates in six battleground states during next year’s midterm elections. 

The organizing effort, called “HRC Rising,” will target key Senate races in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona, and will support “pro-equality candidates and initiatives,” according to HRC President Chad Griffin.

Griffin said the campaign will go “above and beyond resistance” in working against legislation that lessens gay rights. “Resistance is really important — all of the marches and the rallies, that’s all important,” he said. “But it’s also important not only to sustain that, but to take that to the next level.”

{mosads}Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) are seen as the most endangered Republicans in next year’s Senate elections.

Democrats will be seeking to retain Senate seats in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio, which were all won by President Trump in last year’s election.

All of the states will be battlefields in the fight for the House majority next year as well.

In the six states, HRC Rising will make “an especially strong, early push to organize against the Trump-Pence agenda and support pro-equality candidates in coming elections,” it said.

The campaign will work with local and state organizations, and will add an additional 20 people to its full-time staff, who will work to register and mobilize voters in the states.

HRC’s campaign will work to bolster the campaigns of competitive Senate races across the six battleground states, five of which swung for Trump in 2016. Democrats currently hold 25 of the 34 Senate seats up for re-election in 2018.

After Trump’s election in November, HRC assembled a 10-person “full-time war room” focused on opposing the president’s agenda and defeating other “hateful nominees” with anti-LGBTQ records.

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