The Senate Majority PAC, the main Super PAC for Senate Democrats, is going to spend at least $20 millionthis cycle to keep endangered seats blue and flip some new ones. Because it takes a lot of money to overcome red state voter suppression. The PAC is going to engage across the country in at least a dozen races, but the primary focus is going to be on protecting two and flipping two others.
Those four states: Missouri and Indiana, where Sens. Claire McCaskill and Joe Donnelly are on defense, and Arizona and Tennessee, where Republicans are retiring and Democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Phil Bredesen are running to flip the seats. They’re going to be resurrecting one of their most effective tools in the surprise win they helped take last year—Doug Jones in Alabama’s special election. For the first time, the PAC used money to set up a ground team, with field offices where they trained volunteers and deployed the time-tested winning strategy for red and purple areas, face-to-face voter contact with door-knocking and outreach.
J. B. Poersch, the president of Senate Majority PAC, described how they were able to reach people of color, knocking on more than half a million doors as well as going to college campuses and businesses to mobilize voters. “This was clearly part of the difference maker,” said Poersch. “And we wanted to carry it forward.” They’ll repeat the field operation in the four focus states as well as nine others that Democrats are either defending—like Montana’s Jon Tester and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp—and to take Nevada, where Republican Dean Heller is hanging by a thread.
But Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, and Arizona have large communities of people of color, and making sure they get to the polls and are able to cast their ballots is a high priority. The African and Latino communities in these states have low turnout records, and all of these states make voting difficult to varying degrees, whether it’s voter ID laws or election day shenanigans…..