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** 94% of Votes Cast by MoveOn Members in Arizona to Endorse Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate as Part of ‘Take Back the Senate’ Effort **
ARIZONA — Arizona members of MoveOn.org Political Action have voted to endorse Ann Kirkpatrick in the state’s U.S. Senate race with 94% of votes cast in favor of backing Kirkpatrick as part of an effort to elect a Democratic majority in the upper chamber of Congress this fall. The endorsements come as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to drag down incumbent Republicans and GOP hopefuls with his politics of hate, racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and authoritarianism.
Kirkpatrick is challenging Sen. John McCain, who has continued to say he will support Trump despite his relentless attacks against the Gold Star family of Humayun Khan, a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq. Today, MoveOn.org members including U.S. military veteran Nate Terani will deliver more than 111,000 petition signatures from Americans urging McCain and other GOP leaders to denounce and commit to not supporting Trump.
McCain received 3% of votes cast; other candidates Alex Meluskey, Kelli Ward, Clair Van Steenwyk, Frank Tamburri, and J.L. Mealer received a combined total of less than 3% of votes.
“MoveOn members are mobilizing nationwide to ensure Donald Trump never steps foot in the White House – and show that Americans clearly reject his politics of hate – while helping to elect Democrats like Ann Kirkpatrick and advance progressive policies,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “Bolstered by leading progressive voices like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders, MoveOn members will help Take Back the Senate this fall and continue to fight for progressive change at all levels of government.”
The endorsement comes as part of MoveOn.org’s newly launched “Take Back the Senate” campaign to elect a Democratic-controlled Senate with a progressive majority this fall. Today, MoveOn members also voted to endorse Michael Bennet (Colorado), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), Deborah Ross (North Carolina), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada), and Katie McGinty (Pennsylvania). Earlier this year, MoveOn members voted to endorse progressive diplomacy champions Tammy Duckworth (Illinois}, Russ Feingold (Wisconsin), and Ted Strickland (Ohio) in their respective Senate races.
In recent weeks, Trump has continued to fuel speculation that his tanking campaign — rooted in bigotry and hatred, and causing dozens of leading Republican officials to renounce his candidacy — is impacting down-ticket races and could cost the Republican Party their majority in Congress. 538 reports that Trump’s presidential bid “could cost the party the Senate,” and top Republican strategists expressed fears of an “electoral bloodbath” this year to CNN.
Kirkpatrick has a proven record, working on behalf of Arizonans throughout the state, including the 12 sovereign Native American nations that live and work in the state. She is best known for helping to pass bills that helped veterans and Native Americans and her landmark historic water settlement that helped rural communities in Arizona. Kirkpatrick’s issues include, comprehensive immigration reform, education, protecting Medicare and Social Security, rebuilding infrastructure and honoring our veterans.
MoveOn has more than 71,000 members in Arizona.
Here’s what a few MoveOn members in the state had to say about Kirkpatrick:
“Ann is the most effective candidate for Senate in this election. She is a strong progressive and a dependable representative of the people.” – Jack P. from Phoenix, AZ
“She communicates with her constituents and often emails surveys asking what their position is on the “hot” topics. She is at least trying to work for the people.” – Erica H. from Tucson, AZ
“She’s a progressive and is for the poor and middle class.” – Diane N. from Clarksdale, AZ
In addition to “Take Back the Senate” endorsements, MoveOn members have also endorsed Senate candidate Kamala Harris (California); House candidates Mike Honda (California 17th), Pramila Jayapal (Washington 7th), and Zephyr Teachout (New York 19th); and Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney (Illinois).
In the 2014 election cycle, MoveOn members made over 6.7 million phone calls for endorsed candidates. MoveOn members have also raised millions of dollars—including more than $1 million for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Senate race in Massachusetts in 2012 and more than $1.2 million for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016—mobilized volunteers, and run ads in support of endorsed candidates across the country.
Nationwide, MoveOn members voted to launch a multi-million dollar United Against Hate campaign to stop Donald Trump and keep him out of the White House and ensure the country rejects his hateful and dangerous rhetoric.
MoveOn.org Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members at the ballot box by helping to elect progressive candidates.