GW College Dems 2018 Strategy Guide

Written by Graham Steinberg and Nic Nevins | 16 April 2017 at 4:00PM

Check out the complete 100-page 2018 GW College Dems Strategy Guide here!

As of 2017, the Democratic Party has the least amount of power it has had since the Hoover Administration. The opposition controls all branches of the federal government as well as a large majority of the state governments. This new government is setting a conservative agenda that could poorly affect our nation for generations to come which is why it is vital that we fight vigorously in the upcoming midterm elections to regain control.

The first step to solving a problem is realizing that there is one. While the opposition was undeniably aided by outside factors in its recent victory, we cannot also deny the issues within our own strategy as having played a part as well. Simply put, our party lost sight of itself. We lost sight with the working-class voters that once formed the base of our party and spent the past several years only focusing on a select set of races that we deemed important. Our strong support in the Midwest has been slowly dismantled and in that sense the Democratic Party has lost the message that once made it so successful. If we wish to win, we must first embrace our roots within the working class community and organize ourselves nationally on the platform of this message; running strong campaigns across every corner of the nation and deeming no race too difficult or insignificant to campaign in. 

The following document details the expansive effort we must take in the 2018 midterm elections. It will be a difficult process but if we can activate new voters across the political spectrum, incite the base that once formed the backbone of our party and coalesce around those who already oppose the current administration, it will not be impossible. Within this strategy, we detail races in every state, up and down the ballot that can be targeted by the Democratic Party. No race is too small or impossible and each will be given equal consideration and analysis. This process is necessary for us to find opportunities in even the most obscure places and consider every option at our disposal.

While it is necessary to target races across the country, the general theme of our strategy can be distilled into two major fundamentals. We call this our two pronged approach because it utilizes two major demographic regions that our party must form a new coalition around. These two groups are a) disillusioned voters of working-class and rural backgrounds in the Midwest and b) the increasing minority populations who are forming new voter bases in the Sun Belt. If we can combine these two regional stilts with our current support in the Northeast and West and at the same time target more obscure races in typically conservative regions, the Democratic Party will have a strong chance of victory over the next election cycles. For our party to win in upcoming elections, it will be necessary to consider the importance of every race up and down the ballot and cater our message to the varying political issues across the nation.

Below are chart of the Senate races that we think are high-priority races in the next cycle. Check out the whole guide here!

GW College Democrats' High Priority Senate Races

GW College Democrats' High Priority Senate Races