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 NelsonJuan Williams: America warms up to socialism Dems gain momentum 50 days before midterms Jeb Bush campaigns with Rick Scott in Florida MORE (D-Fla.) is fighting to keep his seat in a state President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE won. He hopes to fend off Gov. Rick Scott (R), who will likely give Nelson his toughest fight yet.

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerPoll: Dean Heller running even against Democratic challenger Dems gain momentum 50 days before midterms California was once the epicenter of pollution — time to learn from its green transition 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 ClintonTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Clinton: Hard to ignore 'racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says' MORE won in 2016.

Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress prepares to punt biggest political battles until after midterms Trump attacks Dems on farm bill Trump is wrong, Dems are fighting to save Medicare and Social Security 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.