As I write this, Democrat, ER doctor and mom Hiral Tipirneni has just conceded the special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district. Democrats should celebrate anyway. AZ-08 is a deep red district. The president won it by 21 points in 2016. Hiral Tipirneni’s campaign narrowed that margin to 5.
Democrats didn’t win in Arizona, but they didn’t need to. The 8th District is not the kind that Democrats need to win or even come close to winning to take back the House in November. About 147 GOP districts are more competitive than this one, according to a ranking by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
Tuesday’s special election in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, in the conservative suburbs outside Phoenix, revealed the depth of Republicans’ political challenges in 2018.
…the election represents another really bad data point for the GOP.
That said, as Californians, we face a special challenge in our local red district, CA-10. Our state’s top-two rule means that we could end up with two Republicans on the ballot in November.
Everything depends on the June 5 primary. We have to get out the vote.
ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Sign up for SwingLeft. Even if you’re not joining our monthly canvassing trips to Tracy there are many, many other ways to contribute to our efforts in CA-10. Every little bit helps:
- Phone banking
Saturday, April 28, 1-5pm
301 Grove Street, SF
- New voter registration
Thursday, May 3, 10am
Paramount Theater, Oakland
(I will be one of the newly naturalized citizens!)
- Postcard party
Saturday, May 5, 1pm
1165 San Mateo Drive, Menlo Park
Senator Harris Office Action
Wednesday, May 2, 3-4pm
Note new location: 333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Thursday, May 10, 6-7pm
Noe Valley Branch Library, 451 Jersey Street
Brown Bag with Feinstein Staff
Friday, May 18, 12-1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest:
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Sunday, May 20, 2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
Thanks, always, for all that you do,