Wednesday, June 3, 2009

DGA Surpasses Fundraising Goals and Highlight Race in Virginia

Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana, who is also the Chair of the Democratic Governor's Association, sent out an email today saying that the DGA had far surpassed its fundraising goals. In fact, it did so by 225%. He pointed out that while this money will help in 37 gubernatorial races in 2010, it is also going to be beneficial in the two competitive races that take place this year.
Yesterday was primary day in New Jersey, one of the two states electing governors this year. And next week, Virginia's primary will determine which strong Democratic candidate will take on Republican Bob McDonnell, who has the full weight--and money--of the national GOP behind him.

The Republicans are desperate to capture these two Democratic seats to jumpstart their "comeback" after their huge losses in 2008. In all, they're aiming to pick up at least 16 governorships over the next two years--a crucial step in their scheme to hijack the redistricting process that will follow the 2010 census. Their goal is to redraw congressional districts to give Republicans an unfair advantage, hoping to move enough seats into the GOP column to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives--and derail President Obama's agenda for change.
We have already seen how the Republican Governors Association has been willing to donate millions of dollars to McDonnell's campaign so I'm glad to see that the Democratic equivalent is paying attention to Virginia as well. While financial assistance is great, I also hope that the DGA provides some assistance at the grassroots level. I'm convinced that one of the major reasons that Obama won Virginia last year was because he had people on the ground talking to Virginians all across the Commonwealth. When people hear about what the Democratic Party represents and encouraged to get out to the polls, Democrats win. So a similar effort this year would most definitely prove to be beneficial.

1 comment:

  1. You are about to see an illustration of your point next Tuesday. McAuliffe's big money campaign is collapsing, while Moran and Deeds are surging because of real grassroots support. People on the ground talking to their neighbors about their candidates.

    McAuliffe's early support was inflated by big money, broad based advertising but now that the other 2 campaigns have geared up and have people talking to the Virginians who vote in Dem primaries, McAuliffe's support is dropping like a stone.

    I'll predict Moran by 4% with about 185,000 turn out and McAuliffe in third place.