Progressive groups launch $30M midterm initiative in three battleground states

Progressive groups launch $30M midterm initiative in three battleground states
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A coalition of progressive groups is launching a new, $30 million initiative aimed at winning key races in Florida, Michigan and Nevada.  

The joint effort comes from Planned Parenthood Votes, Center for Community Change Action, Color of Chance PAC and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The groups are banding together to launch a program called Win Justice that will work to mobilize voters who tend to avoid midterms, with a particular focus on encouraging young voters, women and people of color to head to the polls.

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“2018 is going to be a year of reckoning for the billionaires and politicians who have spent decades trying to weaken the power of working people,” SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry said in a press release.

“We are going to change the face of the electorate in Florida, Michigan and Nevada from the ground up by mobilizing a diverse movement that includes people of color, women and young people to build a lasting coalition for change.”

The effort will focus on Senate, gubernatorial and several down-ticket races.

The groups, along with local partners, aim to reach a total of 2.5 million voters in the three states. The Win Justice program plans to engage voters through texting, digital organizing and helping train community leaders to knock on doors, according to the release.

Florida and Nevada are expected to have contentious Senate races. Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonEx-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances The Hill's Morning Report - Trump budget reignites border security fight 2020 party politics in Puerto Rico MORE (D-Fla.) is fighting to keep his seat in a state President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE won. He hopes to fend off Gov. Rick Scott (R), who will likely give Nelson his toughest fight yet.

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R-Nev.) is one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection, and is the only GOP senator defending a seat in a state Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIf Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report The wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report MORE won in 2016.

Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowChris Evans talks NATO, Marvel secrets on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care: Senators grill drug execs over high prices | Progressive Dems unveil Medicare for all bill | House Dems to subpoena Trump officials over family separations Senators grill drug execs over high prices MORE, a Democrat, is up for re-election in Michigan, a state Trump won.

All three states have open governor’s races that are expected to be contentious, as well as some competitive down-ballot races.