Day After Election Note: In case you didn’t check your 2 a.m. email from us or are not on our list, below is the election night summary of the wins in both of our ballot measures and pictures of the ads that helped deliver the victories. The other final tallies include the Democrats picking up 34 seats, one more than the 33 seats the incumbent President has lost in Midterms on average since 1900, to win control of the House 229-206. The overnight votes in Arizona indicate the Republicans will expand their Senate edge to 54-46, assuming they do not ultimately win Montana. While the Republican is leading right now, almost all of the votes still to be counted are in heavily Democratic Missoula where we linked to the Senate debate. The fact that the Democrats could hold that seat points to the power of public opposition to Citizens United – since practically every day on the campaign trail the Senate incumbent referred to his commitment to oppose the “corporations are people” argument and the support he was receiving on the ground by the organization End Citizens United. The one Republican who voted for Kavanaugh in a state where Kavanaugh was not popular (Nevada) lost. On the flip side, of the five Democrats in red states who voted on Kavanaugh, the three who voted NO went from an average tie race before the vote to getting blown out by an average of 7 points. The fourth Democrat, in West Virginia, voted for Kavanaugh and won. But in Montana, this Democrat voted against Kavanaugh BUT his opposition to Citizens United offset that vote completely and the New York Times projects him to finish with almost the exact same support he had before Kavanaugh. Republicans should realize that the overwhelming percentage of Republicans and Democrats oppose the Citizens United decision to such an extent that it could swing an election. With those additional notes, here is the email summary from last night:
2:01 am Election Night Email: TBOR, Reform Among Big Election Night Winners
Amid the Democrats celebrating winning the House and Republicans celebrating expanding their Senate lead, the two Take Back Our Republic funded campaigns both won big victories that shows Republicans will join Democrats to pass serious reforms. Because almost all of our time and efforts go into research and education, we can only budget a couple of ballot box measures (and we can never endorse a candidate) so we were very selective in choosing to spend money on these two – and only these two – efforts.
NORTH DAKOTA CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM 54%-46% WIN. Those who follow www.takeback.org, yesterday’s email and our NewsMax pieces know of our paid ads and even an election eve TV appearance in Fargo to try to pull out a win for Measure 1 in North Dakota. This measure to stop the foreign money, create an ethics commission and reform lobbying and money in politics trailed most of the night but a late surge pulled our YES vote to a 54% to 46% lead with almost all precincts reporting. For those who thought Republicans would not support political money reforms, consider that this apparent solid win occurred at the same time that the Democratic incumbent US Senator was defeated with only 45% of the vote. Clearly many voted for a Republican challenger and for campaign finance reform.
MICHIGAN GERRYMANDERING REFORM 61%-39% WIN. Our biggest investment came in the Michigan effort that included our opinion piece in the largest state newspaper, the Detroit Free Press, and reaching hundreds of thousands of state residents through Facebook ads. With more than 2/3rds of the votes counted, we are winning 61% – 39%. While Democrats appear to be carrying all the statewide races today, the US Senate incumbent came in far below her polling, at below 52% so far, meaning many Republicans are voting for her opponent and for gerrymandering reform. Our budget in this effort reaches hundreds of thousands of state residents to get the measure on the ballot. One of the criticisms of nonpartisan redistricting commissions by some conservatives is that liberal bureaucrats take over these spots and gerrymander for the left. This measure addressed that concern by letting both the Senate Majority and Minority leader have veto power over any member of the commission, just like both the prosecutor and defense lawyer can veto any potential juror. We believe this great victory at the ballot box to follow-up on a ballot win earlier this year in Ohio shows that most across the spectrum want gerrymandering reform.
For some who believe these are only “Democratic” or “liberal” issues, consider that calculations from Nate Silver were very accurate in the House, and he calculated that the huge campaign money advantage enjoyed by Democrats gave them an extra five Congressional seats over what they would have had if money were even. Most of the huge donors are Democrats, and since George Soros wrote an $18 billion non-profit check, any conservative being told they should oppose reform because Republicans have some huge advantage if they allow non-profit and other dark money into campaigns is likely being sold a bill of goods from a member of the political-industrial complex who is making money off the system.
But, will the next Congress set aside politics to work on the cross-partisan efforts in these areas that unite a significant majority of Americans?
Today, Americans from around the country voted for the candidates they thought would be most likely to return power to the people, and they supported measures aimed at reforming the process. With 365 days until the 2020 campaign takes over the political landscape, stand with Take Back Our Republic by making a generous gift at takeback.org today as we seek to drive the reform conversation in 2019!
Below are some of our winning political ads for our victories in North Dakota and Michigan.
Despite the victories and a (possible?) temporary hiatus from/reduction in the intense partisan climate that characterizes our government, there is still much work to be done. Seventy-three (73) Democrats and only 17 Republicans raised at least $2 million by 20 days before the election- showing that the pervasive influence of big money continues to reign supreme.