Nicole Hobbs and Drew Morrison join The Great Battlefield podcast to discuss their work as Co-founders of EveryDistrict – an organization focused on using better data and better fundraising strategies to help Democrats win back state legislatures.
Dems Flooding State-Level Races Aren’t Just Thinking About 2018, Talking Points Memo
In the surprising Virginia legislative elections last November, in which Democrats flipped 15 seats in the House of Delegates, it got even more local than that.
“Danica Roem ran on fixing Route 28!” said Nicole Hobbs, co-founder of Every District, a group focused on investing in Democrats at the state legislative level. “That resonates with voters.”
“Unfortunately, South Carolina has all the hallmarks of an effectively gerrymandered state,” said Nicole Hobbs, co-founder of EveryDistrict. “There are definitely more pickup opportunities in other places than in South Carolina.”
According to EveryDistrict’s data, only three Republican incumbents in the S.C. House are within a five-point margin of losing their seats: Rep. Samuel Rivers of Goose Creek, Rep. Kirkman Finlay of Columbia and Rep. Bill Crosby or North Charleston. State senators are not up for re-election in South Carolina until 2020.
With that being said, Hobbs argued the lesson from recent races around the country is that Democrats need to be focused on ensuring every race is contested so that they are in position to capitalize if an unprecedented sea change does take place.
The 2018 Democratic Wave Is About More Than Congress, Huffington Post
And Nicole Hobbs, co-founder of EveryDistrict, says her group’s plan nationally is to win by “effectively mobilizing the base and by competing in a broad swath of purple-to-red districts,” even those that have previously gone uncontested.