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March 13, 2018

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Priyal Amin; press@turnoutpac.org; 872-216-9067

Progressive Turnout Project Congratulates Conor Lamb on Victory in Pennsylvania Special Election
Organization commits to continue program through November election

PITTSBURGH — Progressive Turnout Project (PTP) congratulates Democrat Conor Lamb on victory in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. In total, the organization spent $100,000 to turn out Pennsylvania Democrats ahead of the special election. PTP will continue to engage voters in the district through the November election.

“Tonight’s results show that our data-driven turnout program made a huge difference in this razor-thin race,” said Executive Director Alex Morgan. “While many groups decided to ignore this election, we invested in a comprehensive effort because it’s clear that we can’t leave a single seat on the table in 2018.”

The organization’s spending funded five full-time field staff who canvassed the Pittsburgh area, knocking on thousands of doors in the weeks leading up to Election Day, making the difference in this extraordinarily close race. In addition, Progressive Turnout Project motivated voters to get out and vote using peer-to-peer text messages. Field staff sent out more than 50,000 text messages to likely Democratic voters and engaged in conversations about the importance of voting.  

“Texting was an integral part of our program in Pennsylvania and we plan to bring it to all of our programs this year,” said Morgan. “Clearly it produced results and we’re anxious to get full data sets back and see exactly how much texting impacted the election today.”

Ahead of the November elections, Progressive Turnout Project is committed to investing in competitive congressional races in Pennsylvania and across the country. The organization released a comprehensive watch list in January and plans to announce its first round of investments in the coming weeks.

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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 $14 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.