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  •  Losing close elections is the worst (11+ / 0-)

    Many labor-endorsed candidates won in local elections in North Carolina, yesterday. In some parts of the state, we had a 100% success rate.

    Sadly, a couple candidates who lost lost by very few votes. One lost by 29 votes.

    If next year we're going to begin to reverse the decline of North Carolina, which began when too many progressive voters left the 2010 election to the Tea Party, we're going to have to do better than that.

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    by NC State AFLCIO on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:04:42 PM PST

    •  What a heartbreaking margin to lose by. (2+ / 0-)
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      by smileycreek on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:54:51 PM PST

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    •  Thanks so much for posting here! (2+ / 0-)
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      It's great to hear a voice from labor from North Carolina.

      One thing, though, when you say "progressive voters left the 2010 election to the Tea Party," do you mean "Democratic voters who self-identify as progressives" or "progressive-leaning demographic groups who usually vote Democrat when they do show up at the polls"?

      For example, I live in Asheville, and I don't know of a single engaged progressive voter who didn't hold his nose and vote for Heath Shuler. But I did canvass an African-American neighborhood in 2010, and I came across at least one young man who said explicitly he normally only voted in presidential elections.

      And I only bring it up because I think we need to be clear about what we're saying: "progressives didn't turn out in 2010" could mean that liberal Democrats boycotted instead of voting as they usually do—which says to me that you can only rely on centrist voters, and should campaign accordingly. But it could also mean that the only way to get progressive demographics to the polls is to actually campaign on issues that they think are important, which would be a far different kind of campaign.

      •  Nationwide, circa 30% of voters skip midterms. (2+ / 0-)
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        But I did canvass an African-American neighborhood in 2010, and I came across at least one young man who said explicitly he normally only voted in presidential elections.
        He's nowhere near alone.

        And that's a huge problem.

        It should be incredibly easy to win elections when 30% of your opponents don't show up.  GOTV.

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        by Odysseus on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 05:04:50 PM PST

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      •  Maybe "progressive" is too narrow for 2010 (0+ / 0-)

        A better way to put it might have been to say that too many Obama voters in 2008 sat out in 2010, like that young man. Then again, he wasn't alone among young people who voted in 2008 and who tend to be more progressive than older voters.

        The bottom line is like Kos says, when our base turns out, we win. When it doesn't, we don't.

        We need all hands on deck if we're to begin to right the ship in 2014!

        And thanks for the welcome! We're glad to be part of the conversation.

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        by NC State AFLCIO on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:22:17 AM PST

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