DNC Battleground Brief
March 21, 2020
This is the DNC’s Battleground Brief — a weekly wrap-up of Trump’s broken promises and everything you need to know across the path to 270.
NEW: DNC EXPANDS BATTLEGROUND BUILD UP WITH NEW TRANSFER, HUNDREDS OF ADDITIONAL ORGANIZERS. Today, the Bloomberg campaign announced it has made an $18 million transfer to the DNC to support the Battleground Build-Up 2020 program and continue organizing in key states, funding hundreds of organizers. Beating Donald Trump has never been more critical and we are building the infrastructure to put a Democrat in the White House and win races at every level of the ballot. What they’re saying:
@amandalitman: This will mean the DNC can hire up a *lot* of staff, which, especially right now, is a good thing.
@guycecil: Wow! This is a game-changer for the DNC and the right thing to do to build the Democratic infrastructure for the general election. Thank you @MikeBloomberg
@brianefallon: This is an elegant solution that eliminates redundancy, will be high-impact, and generates a ton of goodwill within the party. Very smart
@MariaTCardona: Great news from @TheDemocrats @MikeBloomberg! A huge $18 million investment from the MB campaign will now go to the DNC to allow them to grow a robust field operation in battleground states to defeat this inept and dangerous @POTUS in November!
COMING UP ON MONDAY: ACA IS 10, AND NOW MORE THAN EVER HEALTH CARE IS ON THE BALLOT. Monday marks the 10 year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Since he took office, Trump’s agenda has jeopardized coverage and spiked costs — stay tuned on Monday as battleground Democrats talk about:
PROTECTING THE VOTE: DEMOCRATS FILE LAWSUIT TO EXPAND VOTING ACCESS IN WISCONSIN. The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a request in the Western District of Wisconsin to expand access to voting in response to the growing coronavirus threat. By implementing these measures, the state can ensure that Wisconsinites’ right to vote is not infringed upon during this extraordinary and unprecedented time.
The suit seeks the following:
- Extend the electronic and by-mail registration deadline to April 3;
- Suspend the requirement that copies of photo identification accompany absentee ballot requests and copies of proof of residency documents accompany voter registration requests, for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak; and
- Extend the current deadline requiring absentee mail-in ballots to be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to being postmarked by Election Day and received by municipal clerks’ offices within 10 days of the election.
RECORD BREAKING EARLY VOTE AND VOTE-BY-MAIL NUMBERS CONTINUE IN FL & AZ! Tuesday night’s election showed another wave of record-breaking turnout in terms of early vote and vote-by-mail in some key battlegrounds. Highlights:
IN FLORIDA: Miami Herald: More Democrats voted in Florida’s 2020 primary than in 2016.
- “By 10 p.m. Tuesday, 1,711,881 Democratic votes had been cast in the 2020 primary, surpassing the 1,709,183 Democratic votes that were cast in the 2016 primary.”
- “In early voting, 438,948 registered Democrats cast a ballot in Florida, according to the Florida Department of State, up from 367,382 in 2016. According to vote-by-mail totals released by the state on Tuesday morning, 658,234 Democrats returned a ballot, up from 528,210 in 2016. The 2020 vote-by-mail number will increase as voters hand in their ballots on Election Day.”
IN ARIZONA: NBC: Arizona sees high voter turnout despite coronavirus fears.
- “The number of in-person voters in Maricopa County taking part in the state’s Democratic presidential preference primary today has surpassed the number who took part at the county level for the 2016 Democratic presidential preference primary, Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman Megan Gilbertson told NBC News.”
AND DON’T FORGET…
- Democrats won significant victories in both states in 2018: In Arizona, Democrats flipped the U.S. Senate seat, won statewide races like the secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction, and defeated multiple Republican incumbents in the state legislature. In Florida, Democrats elected Nikki Fried as agriculture commissioner, flipped two congressional seats and 7 state House seats.
- Trump is underwater in Arizona and Florida, and he’s losing support from critical constituencies: Trump’s net approval in both states has decreased by roughly 20 points since his inauguration.
- In both states, Trump’s broken promises have hurt working families: In Mesa, Trump said he was “cutting the hell out of taxes for the middle class” — but his tax scam will end up raising taxes on 1.1 million hardworking Arizonans. In Panama City, he said “we’re going to protect our Medicare. We’re going to protect our Social Security” — but his budget proposal would slash both programs along with Medicaid. And in Tampa, he said “we’re going to have great health care…for a fraction of the price” — but his health agenda spikes costs and would jeopardize coverage for millions of Floridians, including those with preexisting conditions.
- Democrats are already laying the groundwork to win Arizona and Florida in November: Both Arizona and Florida are part of the DNC’s Battleground Build-Up 2020 program, which is funding offices, organizers and other on-the-ground general election staff across several critical states.
THE FLORIDA I-4 CORRIDOR HEALTH CARE TOUR.
Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo kicked off their Fight for Health Care Tour along the I-4 corridor, a critical part of the state during an election year, with roundtable discussions in Tampa and Lakeland to talk about Trump’s failed policies on health care.
To launch this effort, FDP launched a digital billboard last week in Orlando ahead of President Trump’s fundraiser to contrast the Trump and Democratic health care agendas. The billboards are in English and in Spanish and read “Trump’s America: The Rich Get Richer [and] The Sick Get Sicker.”
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