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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:33 PM

I Almost Flipped a Deep Red District. Here's What I Learned.

'Lead with values. Promote common-sense policies. And donít give up on rural voters.

In a special election on Sept. 10, my campaign came an inch short of flipping a deep red congressional seat in North Carolina. We lost, but we showed how Democrats can win nationwide in 2020.

On paper, a Democrat never should have been competitive in my district ó it hadnít elected one since John F. Kennedy was president. Over time, the Ninth District had been gerrymandered to include Charlotteís prosperous, Republican-leaning suburbs, its conservative exurbs, and rural counties left behind by Washingtonís trade deals.

In 2016, our districtís voters supported President Trump by almost 12 points ó yet last month we came within two points of winning. In the Charlotte suburbs, we outperformed President Trumpís margin by more than 16 points.

I announced my candidacy in May 2017 and came 905 votes short in last Novemberís midterm election, only to find out that my opponentís campaign had perpetrated the largest case of election fraud in recent American history, targeting minority voters and tampering with their absentee ballots. I led an effort to expose the fraud, and elections officials called for the special redo election that was held last month.'>>>

Despite coming up short, we did better than many expected, and much better than Democrats did in the district in the 2016 election. While each race is different, there are some core lessons that every Democrat should take from our experience.

First, we grounded our campaign in values. We Democrats can sometimes get stuck in policy jargon and cede the language of values, where voters really make decisions, to Republicans. In our campaign, we flipped this around.'>>>


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NRaleighLiberal Oct 14 #1

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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:36 PM

1. I read it earlier today. What pray tell are admirable repub values?

Lying? Racism? Misogyny?

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