Colorado MoveOn Members Vote to Endorse Michael Bennet for Re-Election to U.S. Senate in National ‘Take Back the Senate’ Push As Trump Drags Down GOP Hopefuls
** 64% of Votes Cast by MoveOn Members in Colorado to Endorse Michael Bennet for Senate as Part of ‘Take Back the Senate’ Effort **
COLORADO — Colorado members of MoveOn.org Political Action have voted to endorse Michael Bennet for re-election in the state’s U.S. Senate race with 64% of votes cast in favor of backing Bannet 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.
Bennet is facing Republican challenger Darryl Glenn, who has continued to support Trump despite his and disrespect towards the family of a fallen soldier, a federal judge, and other minority groups across America. Green Party candidate Arn Menconi received 34% of votes cast; Republican Darryl Glenn, Libertarian Lily Tang Williams, and Unity Party’s Bill Hammons all received less than 1%.
“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 Sen. Bennet 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 Ann Kirkpatrick (Arizona), 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.
Senator Bennet has served the interests of Coloradans well—standing up for farmers, the environment, education and fiscal responsibility. The policies that he has touted during his tenure as the Senator from Colorado, represent the progressive stance of an overwhelming majority of MoveOn members in the state.
MoveOn has more than 90,000 members in Colorado.
Here’s what a few MoveOn members in the state had to say about Bennet:
“[Senator Bennet is] more tuned into the environment and protesting the things that are destroying it.” – Marcia C. from Aspen, CO
“We need a Democratic majority in the Senate.” – Claire B. from Greeley, CO
“He’s done good work. He is accessible. His staff is sharp and knowledgeable (both in D.C. and in Colorado). … I am a farmer in southwest Colorado and he seems to know what we need. And we sure will need him in the Senate on the Democratic side of the aisle.” – Chuck M. from Lewis, CO
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.