For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Tracy Mayfield
June 15, 2017
PROGRESSIVE TURNOUT PROJECT TARGETS 10 VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATE DISTRICTS WITH VOTER TURNOUT PROGRAMS
National Democratic group investing $600,000 in field programs to flip battleground districts
CHICAGO – Progressive Turnout Project (PTP) will target ten Republican-held Virginia House of Delegate districts in the 2017 elections with voter turnout programs geared toward turning out inconsistent Democratic voters. PTP will target House of Delegate Districts 2, 13, 21, 31, 42, 50, 67, 72, 73, and 94, which were all won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Over the course of the election, PTP will spend more than $600,000 on field staff, materials, and offices. In the next two weeks, PTP will open three regional field offices and hire 25 field organizers to have one-on-one conversations with Democratic voters.
This program marks the first state legislative-focused campaign run by PTP. Going forward, the organization will target additional legislative races in select states where the legislature plays a key role in redistricting. In Virginia, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates helped draw congressional lines so egregiously partisan that they were redrawn by court order ahead of the 2016 elections.
“After rigging the House of Delegate maps in their favor, Virginia Republicans have engaged in obstructionism that is harming the Commonwealth. Our heavy investment in data-driven field programs will help translate Democratic enthusiasm to increased Democratic representation in Richmond and deliver a resounding rebuke to the Trump-Gillespie agenda” said Senior Advisor Tracy Mayfield.
PTP’s field efforts are geared solely toward turning out likely Democrats who are inconsistent voters. In order to assess the impact of their work, the organization runs all of its field programs as randomized control trial experiments.
Progressive Turnout Project is a grassroots Political Action Committee (PAC) 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 in the country. In the 2016 cycle, the group raised more than $5 million from more than 93,000 donors and ran programs in 19 congressional races.