In CT-05, the Working Families Party Made the difference

In an election cycle marked with attacks on WFP and our candidates from both the center and far-right, the Connecticut Working Families Party made the difference.

Representative Jahana Hayes won a tough re-election to Congress in the CTWFP’s biggest midterm win. With Jahanna winning by just a margin of just 495 votes, it’s clear that the WFP ballot line made a difference, with Jahana receiving 3,982 votes from the WFP ballot line alone. 

Connecticut Working Families Party staff, including state director Sarah Ganong and communications and policy director Roger Senserrich spoke with CT Insider about our work in this race:

“We put a lot of resources and staff time and effort, basically bringing volunteers, knocking doors, shaping up a good grassroots outreach operation, a good field program, coordinating with other campaigns,” Roger said. 

Sarah shared: “I think a lot of folks pulled together in the last couple of weeks across the progressive movement and Connecticut. . . I’m glad some of the voters that we turned out were able to vote for her and win it on the WFP line.”

Sarah also spoke with CT Insider about the challenges in this race and how we were able to overcome them. “We saw a flood of outside spending that this district frankly hasn’t seen in a long time, if ever,” she said. In addition to major right-wing funding in the district and across the country, CT-05 had its own barriers to reaching voters. “There’s a lot of the district that’s pretty hard to get to on foot. . . Our texting program, calling program had really good results.”  

We won this election, but this is just the start. Text CT to 30403  to get updates on our work to elect Working Families champions in Connecticut and across the country in 2023.