Party Builder Leaderboard
Where 2020 Dems stand… on standing with state legislative candidatesThrough February 29; scores updated monthly
The “presidency is everything” strategy hasn’t worked.
The 2020 presidential hopefuls have a chance to prove they are committed to building power from the ground up.
2020 candidates should direct their attention and resources to state legislatures. Whatever happens with the White House and Congress, they are the key to changing the country.
Party Builder Index
The Future Now Fund / Data for Progress Party Builder Index is a first-of-its-kind tool to assess each 2020 candidate’s support for winning the states, not just their own campaigns.
For boosting a state legislator through social/earned media
For emailing national campaign list about a state legislator or candidate
For appearing with a state legislator at a public event
If one of the above actions relates to a candidate/lawmaker outside of Iowa or New Hampshire
For tweeting to vote for Howie Hayes (PA-HD-18) on March 17 or Jill Karofsky (Wisconsin Supreme Court) on April 7
For raising money for Howie Hayes or Jill Karofsky
Why This Really Matters
2020 Dems have a lot on their plate. Is this really what they need to focus on? Should you even care? YES!
A single nominee alone cannot fix all that's wrong.
Even if Donald Trump is beaten, the poisonous movement often associated with him will not go away. In fact, it will continue to have enormous influence and actual power, centered in statehouses. 2020 presidential candidates can be a distraction or become part of the solution.
Winning the White House and Congress goes through states.
Gerrymandering and voter suppression stem from years of underestimating the importance of state politics. Repelling these assaults on our democracy requires getting serious about winning state legislatures.
States control important policies — the same ones presidential candidates always talk about.
Healthcare access, civil rights, clean water, mass incarceration, and more are all decided in state capitols. If candidates are serious about these issues, not just their own chances, they should invest in the state legislatures where progress is most likely.
Notes on tabulation:
- Earned/social media includes news stories and social media posts, NOT press releases.
- Candidates get credit for each state lawmaker boosted.
- Candidates do not get double credit for posting on social media about an appearance in person, or multiple social media posts about the same item across different platforms. They do, however, get double credit for emailing their lists about events with state lawmakers.
- Only posts from a campaign’s main social media account qualify.
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