With President Trump hitting the campaign trail again Monday sporting a new low Gallup approval rating and with a House vote on his health care overhaul expected Thursday, national Democrats focused on down-ballot races are starting the process of harnessing and coordinating the grassroots energy created in reaction to the new administration.
On Tuesday, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is convening the first of regular meetings with new progressive organizations interested in finding and recruiting Democrats to run for state legislative offices. Many of these groups also met with the DLCC on Friday to get a better understanding of how each can fit together without overlapping efforts.
One such group, Run for Something, announced Monday it is expanding the scope of its objectives, no longer limiting its 2017 state legislative candidate recruitment, mentoring, and donations to just five-to-10 races in Virginia.
The DLCC, which kicked off its candidate training in Richmond over the weekend, hopes to emerge this November having cut deeply into the GOP’s Virginia state House majority and with control of the Washington state Senate. From there, a much busier and more crowded 2018 awaits.
— Kyle Trygstad