Labor Training Resources on Three Key Senate Races
Speaking with reporters in Washington this week, AFL-CIO political director Michael Podhorzer singled out the Ohio, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Senate races as key contests for the labor movement-- not just for Democrats maintaining the majority, but also for electing strong allies in the upper chamber.
Podhorzer met with reporters Wednesday to discuss the 2012 election landscape, and said something that was "really exciting" for them was the number of progressives running for Senate.
"We're looking at having a more pro-worker Democratic caucus, not just more D's," said Podhorzer. "So, races such as Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, those are really key races, both for Democrats retaining the majority and for working people to have really strong advocates when the next Congress commences. We're feeling pretty good about that. In all three of those races, the blue-collar vote is really the pivotal swing group."
Brown, Warren, and Baldwin are all in competitive races -- but each appears to be in relatively good shape as we head into the final month of the campaign. Two of the states -- Ohio and Wisconsin -- are also important to the AFL-CIO's efforts in the presidential race.
Brown, widely seen as a progressive hero, has seen a bigger onslaught of outside money directed at him than any other Senate candidate in the country -- closing in on $20 million this week. But he has led GOP Treasurer Josh Mandel in recent polls, sometimes by double digits. Unlike many Democratic senators up for reelection in swing states, Brown didn't distance himself from President Obama during the campaign. Now, Obama also appears to be in good shape in recent Ohio polls.