Update 478: 2020 Cong. Endorsements
On Slate of 40 Candidates, 32 Challengers
Today’s round of endorsements completes the cycle for 20/20. Forty candidates for Congress, almost all of whom are progressives and in tight races, have our endorsement and maximum financial support. We hope you will consider supporting them as well.
Also receiving honorary endorsements and some financial support are incumbents who mostly face only token opposition but with whom we have had opportunities to collaborate and regard as promising or important leaders in the areas of economic policy and political reform. The full list of our endorsees and honorees can be found here.
- Cook PVI: R+5 (Toss Up)
- 2020 Dem. Primary: Ossoff 52 / Tomlinson 16 / Amico 12
- Total Amount Raised in 2020 Cycle*: Ossoff $7.3M / Perdue $14.9M
Jon Ossoff first gained national attention in 2017 when he ran in a special election for the U.S. House in GA-06. Ossoff only narrowly lost that race, and since then Georgia demographics have shifted to favor Democrats. Ossoff is now running to unseat Senator David Perdue in one of two Senate elections this year in Georgia. In a crowded primary field, Ossoff had a strong performance, securing a majority of the votes and avoiding a run-off. A major poll released this week shows Ossoff and Vice President Joe Biden narrowly leading in the state today.
A Georgia native, Ossoff worked as a national security aide for Congressman Hank Johnson. Since 2013, he has served as the CEO of a media company focused on investigative journalism. This background informed Ossoff’s agenda against political corruption and dark money in politics. Ossoff has also been a vocal critic of the inequitable economic recovery that has favored corporations and Wall Street over working families. He advocates for an ambitious infrastructure program to revitalize the economy and create millions of jobs.
- Cook PVI: R+13 (Lean R)
- 2020 Dem. Primary: Bollier 85 / Tillman 15
- Total Amount Raised in 2020 Cycle*: Bollier $7.8M / Marshall $2.7M
Dr. Barbara Bollier is running to be the first Democratic woman to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate. Long-time Senator Pat Roberts is retiring, removing Republicans’ incumbency advantage. Bollier’s opponent is Rep. Roger Marshall, a staunch Trump ally who recently questioned the CDC data regarding coronavirus deaths. Bollier entered politics after retiring from medicine, serving in the Kansas State House and now the State Senate. She switched over to the Democratic Party in 2018 due to her opposition to the Kansas Republicans’ disastrous tax experiment, which gutted public services, and their refusal to expand Medicaid in the state.
Bollier led the fight to undo the Kansas tax experiment and has her eyes set on doing the same to the reckless provisions of the Trump 2017 tax plan, which her opponent continues to defend. Bollier is also a strong advocate for campaign finance reform. She supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and a ban on corporate money in politics. A win for Bollier in November would almost certainly help clinch a Senate majority for Democrats. Bollier would be the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Kansas since 1932.
- Cook PVI: R+8 (Lean R)
- 2020 Dem. Primary: Uncontested
- Total Amount Raised in 2020 Cycle*: Harrison $29M / Graham $30.9M
Jaime Harrison has been defying the odds in his race to unseat Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Recent polls show that Harrison is tied with Graham, who is at the forefront of Senate Republicans’ effort to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election. Graham’s blind loyalty to Trump has driven moderate voters towards Harrison. Although this is Harrison’s first run for office, he is a veteran of South Carolina politics. He served as Rep. Jim Clyburn’s Floor Director and was the first African American to chair the South Carolina Democratic Party.
Harrison’s economic plan centers on growing the middle class and fighting to end poverty. He understands these issues having risen out of poverty himself in South Carolina and ultimately graduating from both Yale and Georgetown Law. His plan includes undoing the Trump tax cuts for corporations and the ultra-wealthy, expanding the EITC, and making the minimum wage a living wage. Harrison has focused on continuing the CARES Act’s expanded federal unemployment benefits while Sen. Graham has advocated for lowering the payments. With Harrison in the seat, South Carolinians would have a true champion for a more equitable economy in the Senate.
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- Cook PVI: D+1 (Toss Up)
- 2020 Democratic Primary: Uncontested
- Total Amount Raised in 2020 Cycle*: Hart $1.9M / Miller-Meeks $898K
Rita Hart is running against Mariannette Miller-Meeks in the race to succeed the retiring Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa’s second congressional district. Loebsack has held this competitive seat since 2006, but that by no means makes it a safe hold for Democrats this November. The district contains no less than ten pivot counties, and Trump carried the district by 4.1 percent in 2016. This race could be a bellwether for national sentiment come November.
Hart is a lifelong Iowan. A farmer and former public school teacher, her campaign is built around kitchen-table issues: quality jobs, affordable healthcare, better support for public schools, and workforce development. Hart’s deep ties to her community and political experience will make her a steady, savvy operator in the 117th Congress’ freshman class.
- Cook PVI: R+8 (Toss Up)
- 2020 Democratic Primary: Uncontested
- Total Amount Raised in 2020 Cycle*: Schupp $2.1M / Wagner $3.3M
All of the ingredients for an upset are brewing in Missouri’s Second Congressional District. A highly-educated suburban population, a Republican incumbent (Rep. Ann Wagner) who has tied herself firmly to President Trump’s mast, and a highly-qualified challenger in Jill Schupp give Democrats the chance to flip this seat for the first time in nearly 30 years. Just yesterday, Inside Elections shifted this race from “Lean R” to “Tilt R,” the third nonpartisan forecaster to upgrade the race in recent weeks. Polling data shows both candidates locked in a dead heat with fewer than forty days until the election.
Jill Schupp was born and raised in St. Louis County. She began her career as a teacher before running for her local school board to fight for better conditions in her sons’ elementary school. Since then, her desire to help her community has put her on a path of public service — to the City Council, the State House, and the State Senate. Her campaign centers on the needs of working families; she is critical of her opponent’s repeated attempts to jeopardize health care access for Missourians, and she supports stronger labor protections. She seeks a campaign finance overhaul, supporting an amendment to overturn Citizens United.
- Cook PVI: R+4 (Likely R)
- 2020 Jungle Primary results: Herrera Beutler 56 / Long 40 / Hash 1.6 / Ray 1.5
- Total Amount Raised in 2020 Cycle*: Long $2.4M / Herrera Beutler $2.9M
Southwest Washington’s third congressional district is the only district that touches the Pacific Ocean that is currently represented by a Republican. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has held the seat since the 2010 Tea Party Wave but has seen her support waiver due to her close support for President Trump. Union journeyman-turned-political science professor Carolyn Long came within six points of unseating Herrera Beutler in 2018 — shaving more than 18 points off the incumbent’s 2016 margin. Long is back again this cycle in what is shaping up to be another margin-of-error-tight race.
For the last 25 years, Long has taught political science and public affairs courses at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus, located in the heart of Southwest Washington. Her platform reflects her direct experience with the economic issues that resonate with voters here. Long advocates for higher wages and increased support for small and medium-sized businesses. She is thoughtful about the future of work, supporting apprenticeships, technical education, and increased infrastructure spending.
*Total campaign receipts according to most recent FEC filings.