A night of victories

We just made history. YOU just made history.

Yesterday — thanks to your tireless activism, hard work, and support — we flipped the U.S. House of Representatives, sent progressive shockwaves through state capitals, and elected dozens of Working Families Party candidates who will take up the banner in our fight for the many, not the few.

Here is just some of what you helped win yesterday in elections across the nation:

  • In Wisconsin, we defeated Scott Walker. We put an end to his eight-year barrage of attacks on workers, and elected Wisconsin Working Families Party candidates Tony Evers for Governor and Mandela Barnes for Lt. Governor! (Mandela is an incredible progressive leader who is also a member of our WFP National Committee.)
  • Democrats took back Congress. We helped flip some key Congressional seats that gave Democrats their first House majority in 12 years, including electing WFP-endorsed candidates in hotly-contested districts in New York and New Jersey. The new Democratic majority will serve as a desperately needed check on Trump.
  • The next Democratic Congress will be the most progressive in a generation. A wave of exciting new WFP endorsed progressives will soon be heading to D.C., including Jahana Hayes (CT-05) and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), who will become the first two Black women ever to represent New England in Congress; Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), who will become one of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress; Deb Haaland (NM-01), who will become one of the first Native American women ever elected to Congress; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), who at age 29 will become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
  • Voting rights were restored to 1.4 million people in Florida. Our Women Run Campaigns team on the ground in Florida worked alongside local groups to help win a ballot measure in Florida that will give voting rights back to 1.4 million people who have been convicted of felonies and served their time. This is a huge victory for democracy.
  • And Working Families Party candidates stormed state legislatures across the country, including flipping key legislative chambers in New York, Connecticut, and Colorado. We ended Republican control in these states and won decisive progressive governing majorities that could soon pass legislation that will put working families first and point the way forward for the entire nation.

We haven’t won all the races we wanted to. In Florida, Andrew Gillum came up just short. In Wisconsin, Randy “Ironstache” Bryce did too. And after massive voter suppression by her opponent in Georgia, Stacey Abrams is narrowly trailing but remains close to the margin needed for a runoff, with more votes still to be counted.

But overall, last night’s results prove that when we stand up and fight for the many, not the few, we can compete and win anywhere. Even in the face of all the gerrymandering, voter suppression, super PAC money, structural impediments to democracy, and white supremacist incitement by Republicans, we won major victories that will immediately change people’s lives for the better. That’s nothing short of amazing, and it’s all thanks to you.

We’ll have many more thoughts to share in the coming hours and days. But please know that, above all else, we’re so incredibly humbled and honored by this movement’s ability to transform our political system. Together, we will continue to build and organize, day in and day out, to demand that our elected officials remain accountable to working people and not billionaire donors.

Solidarity forever,

Working Families Party