2016 certainly appeared grim for the Democrats. The Republicans had dominated the elections, securing their complete control of the government, and preparing themselves to begin moving forward with their national agenda. However, in fighting and controversy had allowed Democrats to regain a foothold, taking back more than 30 seats from the right. This wave of Democratic pushback was headed by grassroots groups such as End Citizens United and helped to begin the arduous process of bringing the government back into sustainability. The next step in this process is a small one, but that makes it no less important. Conor Lamb has begun his bid against Rick Saccone in the upcoming special election, and Democratic support is at an all-time high in the previously Republican-dominated district.
Lamb Gains His Foothold With Support From End Citizens United
The Democratic party has given Lamb little financial support, instead opting to see how the cards fall. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s going in without backing. End Citizens United have announced their endorsement, and have begun campaigning for Lamb. They have allowed him to maintain his position in the election, and move forward to campaign for his pro-union platform.
End Citizens United is an organization founded in 2015 to support grassroots activists in their fight against institutional manipulation of elections via finances and to end the Citizens United bill. They maintain a strong pro-reform stance and have supported numerous Democratic candidates who fight for financial reform, including Conor Lamb.
Lamb Fights Back Against Saccone’s Smear Campaigns
Thanks to the aid of End Citizens United, Lamb has gotten his foot in the door and has begun to gain serious traction. He has maintained extremely strong support for unions, which has gained him immense support within the district due to their high unionization. Saccone’s anti-union stances have turned even Republican voters to Lamb’s side, and have allowed him to catch up to Saccone quickly. But the Republicans aren’t going down without a fight, and they’ve chosen to fight dirty.
Lamb may have the support of Unions, and his policies may be appealing to many people, but Saccone has money on his side. Well over $1.5 million has gone toward Saccone’s campaign against Lamb, and his strong financial backing has made him a tough opponent to beat. Lamb will certainly be the underdog in this fight, but the Republicans are getting desperate after the recent victories for the Democrats, and, no matter the outcome, it’s bound to be a close race.
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