Why are some of our Dem races considered key or critical?
Much of understanding comes from polling, fundraising, and the actual year. Three of these legislative seats we’re only won in 2018, so they have a lot of attention from Republicans. They are looking to gain those seats back.
Every seat is important in order to maintain our supermajority, but as you can imagine there are some districts that are solid blue, and some that are bluish-purple; meaning if we don’t fight for every vote and get high turnout, we could easily slip back and lose the seat again.
For our two incumbents, these seats are considered at risk for this reason. We have to pay close attention, volunteer, make phone calls and donate. Do whatever we can to help these candidates get reelected.
Debbie is in a particularly unique situation because the seat was won in 2018 by Tiffiny Mitchell, a Democrat, but she and her family will be moving out of state. Debbie has to maintain the seat for Democrats while being new to the playing field. She needs you! Help her help Democrats keep this seat!
Lynette is considered a bit of an uphill battle, but, because of the walkouts that all Oregonians witnessed from Republicans, we do have a shot at the seat. Lynette is intelligent, well-spoken, and knows how to connect with her voters. If we can put enough focus and energy towards this campaign, we may be able to flip one more seat to add to our supermajority.
In order for Oregon to continue to lead as a beacon of progressive values, it is important to hold that supermajority. What became clear and in 2019 was that even with a supermajority, the Republicans can walk out when they don’t like something. When they walk out … we cannot conduct business. The more seats held by Democrats, the less of a weapon the walkout can be against our commitment to Progressive values.
It comes down to defending our incumbents that get targeted by the GOP and interest groups, and seeking to expand the map as the electorate continues to become more progressive.