Progressive Turnout Launches Voter Turnout Program in Pennsylvania Special Election
Organization plans to spend more than $100,000 in race
CHICAGO — Progressive Turnout Project will spend more than $100,000 on a comprehensive voter-turnout program ahead of the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. The organization will send Field Representatives door to door to talk with inconsistent Democratic voters about the importance of the race and why they should commit to vote.
“Every vote is crucial in a special election and Progressive Turnout Project is looking to boost Democratic turnout and put Republicans on defense across the country throughout 2018,” said Executive Director Alex Morgan.
This is the first of four congressional special elections set for 2018. Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district is located in the southwestern corner of the state and was carried by Donald Trump in 2016. Yet Democrats hold a 70,000 person voter registration advantage. That edge as well as recent polling shows the race within the margin of error, making it a prime candidate for a Progressive Turnout Project field program.
“Polling shows Conor Lamb within 3 points of a win–that’s what we call a field margin,” said Morgan. “If organizations like ours put staff on the ground and do everything we can to boost voter turnout, we’ll win on March 13.”
The Pennsylvania special election is Democrats’ first opportunity to send a strong message to Republicans in Congress ahead of the November midterm elections, where they need to pick up 24 seats to take back control of the House of Representatives.
Progressive Turnout Project is a grassroots-funded Political Action Committee with a single mission: get Democrats to the polls. PTP designs, tests, and executes specialized voter-turnout programs targeting inconsistent Democratic voters in the most competitive districts across the country. Since its inception in 2015, the organization raised more than $12 million with a supporter base of over 2.6 million and invested in voter-turnout programs in 23 congressional races and 17 state legislative races, including 10 Virginia House of Delegate races 2017.