Election Day 2017: This Is What A Wave Looks Like

This is the beginning of a wave.

The results we saw on Election Day 2017 were a massive repudiation of Donald Trump, as voters turned out in force at the ballot box to elect progressives and defeat Republicans throughout the country.

Working Families Party-endorsed candidates helped set off a political earthquake in Virginia, helping to flip enough seats to put the Republican majority in the House of Delegates at risk — something no one thought was possible.

Dozens of WFP Progressive Heroes also won victories in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, and across the country.

One year into the Trump era, we are showing what’s possible when progressives work together across the country to bring our resistance to the ballot box.

The task before us isn’t easy, but it is clear. We need to build on these wins to defeat Trump’s attacks on working families, fight back against the Republican Party that enables him, stand tall against the white supremacists he’s emboldened, and keep electing progressives to take back statehouses and Congress in 2018 and then the White House.

To do that, we need to keep fighting every day to defeat Trump and show that that there is a progressive, populist alternative that can win by articulating a clear vision of a country that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

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These results didn’t come out of thin air.

For the past year, WFP organizers and activists have partnered with allies to help elect progressives in local and special elections in every corner of the country, from the deep South to the Trump-supporting suburbs of the Northeast.

And on Election Day, here are just some of the progressive heroes you helped elect:

  • Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman, who defeated two Republican incumbents in Virginia and became the first two Latinas elected to the House of Delegates, leading the charge of tonight’s progressive sweep across the state;
  • Lydia Edwards, a legal services lawyer, housing advocate, and key organizer behind the Massachusetts Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights who won her race for City Council in Boston;
  • Vernetta Alston, who won her race for City Council in Durham, NC fighting to ensure her city protects the rights of immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ people; and
  • Crystal Murillo, a young Mexican-American recruited by Colorado People’s Action who defeated a Trump-supporting Republican incumbent for City Council in Aurora, CO.

We’ve shown that we know how to turn our activism into results at the ballot box. Working Families Party volunteers reached out to more 250,000 voters in targeted races to get out the vote and elect progressive candidates to local office.

Now the clock starts ticking to 2018.

One year from now, we want to be joining you in celebrating kicking even more Republicans out of office and electing progressive majorities to Congress and in statehouses across the country.

This could be the beginning of a national progressive wave. But that wave is by no means a sure thing. Your support is what will make it possible.

Will you renew your commitment to help us build this movement together?

Sign up here to join the Working Families Party.

Thanks for being a part of this resistance with us,

Joe Dinkin
Working Families Party