MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
We are in the thick of GOTV season and it’s been a huge week for Democrats across Washington State! There’s far too much incredible work happening statewide to share in one email, but I do want to send you some highlights from the campaign trail!
First – please join me in saying a huge thank you to Vice President Kamala Harris for visiting Seattle this past Wednesday!
It was a privilege to participate in this terrific event and we’re thrilled the VP came out to help make sure Senator Murray and every Democrat up and down the ticket has what it takes to win. With sky-high stakes in Washington this November, we won’t let this opportunity go to waste and will continue our tireless, 24/7 efforts to turn out every single Democratic voter!
Things are heating up in the Secretary of State’s race.
A Seattle Times/King 5 poll released last week shows SoS Steve Hobbs is gaining momentum. Hobbs has an 11 point lead on Anderson, 40% to 29%. Hobbs leads by 14 points in Western Washington and 15 points in the Metro Seattle area, while the candidates are tied in Eastern Washington.
The poll also shows that Hobbs has overwhelming leads among Democrats (81% – 5%) and Biden 2020 voters (71% – 10%), while a significant portion of Anderson’s support comes from Republicans and Trump supporters. Anderson leads Hobbs 53% to 3% among self-identified Republicans and 56% to 4% among those who say they voted for Donald Trump in 2020. A significant number of Republicans (44%) and Trump 2020 voters (40%) remain undecided, and the entry of State Rep. Brad Klippert as a Republican write-in candidate could make it difficult for Anderson to consolidate this voting bloc.
Anderson has actively courted Republican support, accepting an endorsement from the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, as well as Republican King County councilmember Reagan Dunn, who is fundraising on her behalf. She has accepted $2,000 from the Republican-aligned Cascade PAC, which is supporting far right MAGA candidates including Matt Larkin and Tiffany Smiley. She has also recently spoken at Republican events including House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox’s annual Salmon Bake, donations from which are funneled directly to anti-abortion election denying Republican candidates, and at a Republican women’s event, where Klippert was also in attendance (photograph below).
The stakes in this race are clear. It is our responsibility to make this a safe seat for Democrats for years to come and we will work around the clock to ensure Secretary Hobbs has what it takes to win!
Debate season is underway in Washington State!
This past Sunday, Senator Patty Murray went head to head with MAGA Republican opponent Tiffany Smiley in a televised debate at Gonzaga University in Spokane. You can watch the debate here and we’ve linked to a Seattle Times article summarizing the key points below. Secretary of State Steve Hobbs and opponent Julie Anderson also squared off at Gonzaga earlier that day (watch here!)
Additionally, Rep. Adam Smith went toe to toe with GOP opponent Doug Basler on Tuesday. You can watch a recording of that debate here!
Last but not least, Congresswoman Kim Schrier and MAGA Republican opponent Matt Larkin are scheduled to debate at Central Washington University tonight at 7:00pm! You won’t want to miss this one, so please tune in here!
WORKING FOR WASHINGTON
Voting is underway in Washington state! We are in the final stretch and need your help mobilizing voters, so we can help our incredible candidates across the finish line in November.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your door-knocking shoes, bring your friends, and join us Saturday, Oct. 29, as we continue our statewide 2022 Get Out the Vote tour ahead of the general election. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Chair Tina Podlodowski are kicking off our TWO canvasses this weekend, with great special guests including Governor Jay Inslee and Rep. Rick Larsen. Register below today!
And don’t worry, if you can’t make either event, we have more opportunities to get involved right up until Election Day. Find an event near you at wa-democrats.org/
Let’s make these final days count – please sign up for at least one GOTV shift today!
Also – if you haven’t already done so, please turn in your ballot as soon as you have it. We will continue our work to knock, call or text to get all those ballots in, including yours! SO please, VOTE once you get your ballot (find a drop box near you using this link). If, for any reason, there is an issue with you ballot once you get it, we can help you correct it and get your ballot counted – call our voter hotline for any concerns at 206-309-VOTE
DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS
Washington’s swingiest congressional district is once again smack in the middle of the fight for control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley met in a combative debate Sunday night, with Murray highlighting achievements from a three-decade career and tying Smiley to national Republicans. Smiley repeatedly went on the attack, raising her voice at times, insisting Murray and her long tenure are responsible for many of the ills that plague the nation.
For secretary of state, PubliCola picks incumbent Steve Hobbs.
Gov. Jay Inslee and state Democratic lawmakers Friday announced a series of reproductive health policies for the 2023 legislative session, including a state constitutional amendment to protect abortion access in Washington.
Because of her thoughtfulness, transparency, demeanor and long history in Southwest Washington, Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is the best candidate to represent the region in Congress. The Columbian’s Editorial Board strongly recommends a vote for Perez as representative from the 3rd Congressional District.
Find additional news items and more on our website and social media.
SAVE THE DATE
Get Out the Vote Tour
Join us as we continue our statewide Get Out the Vote tour and help build Democratic momentum in every corner of Washington state ahead of the general election on Nov. 8.
This weekend we’re headed up to NW Washington for two exciting GOTV events!
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
- Bellingham Canvass, 10 a.m.
- Special guests: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Sharon Shewmake, Rep. Alicia Rule, Chair Tina Podlodowski, and Joe Timmons
- Oak Harbor Canvass, 12 p.m.
- Special guests: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep, Dave Paul, and Chair Tina Podlodowski
GOTV EVENTS – Week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4:
- Seattle GOTV, 10 a.m. Oct. 29
- Kent GOTV, 10 a.m. Oct. 29
- Virtual Phone & Text Banking GOTV, 11 a.m. Oct. 29
- Wenatchee GOTV, 12 p.m. Oct. 29
- Grays Harbor County Canvass and Phone Bank, 12 p.m Oct. 29
- Hillman City GOTV, 10 a.m. Oct. 30
- Kent GOTV, 10 a.m. Oct. 30
- Virtual Phone & Text Banking GOTV, 11 a.m. Oct. 30
- Whatcom County Canvass, 11 a.m. Oct. 30
- Seattle Canvass, 1 p.m. Oct. 30
- Lewis County Phone Bank, 2 p.m. Oct. 30
- Virtual Phone & Text Banking GOTV, 12 p.m. Oct. 31
- Virtual Phone & Text Banking GOTV, 12 p.m. Nov. 1
- Kirkland GOTV, 4 p.m. Nov. 1
- Special guests: Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Suzan DelBene
- Rainier Valley GOTV, 11 a.m. Nov. 2
- Virtual Phone & Text Banking GOTV, 12 p.m. Nov. 2
- MT Baker GOTV, 5 p.m. Nov. 2
- Young Democrats Virtual Statewide Phone Bank, 6 p.m. Nov. 2
- South Beacon Hill GOTV, 11 a.m Nov. 3
- Virtual Phone & Text Banking GOTV, 12 p.m. Nov. 3
- Federal Way GOTV, 12:30 p.m. Nov 3
- Hillman City GOTV, 5 p.m. Nov. 3
- Bremerton Canvass, 10 a.m. Nov 4
- Special guests: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Derek Kilmer, WA Sen. Emily Randall, Chair Tina Podlodowski, Adison Richards, and Matt Macklin
- Rainier Vista, 10 a.m. Nov. 4
- Lakewood Canvass, 12 p.m. Nov 4
- Special guests: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Marilyn Strickland, Rep. Derek Kilmer, WA Rep. Dan Bronoske, and Chair Tina Podlodowski
Learn more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods and sign up for event alerts HERE.
From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers today!
Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!
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