We entered Election Day hopeful, but incredibly nervous. By the end of the night, we were elated. As our friends and families celebrated President Obama’s reelection and the impressive gains in the U.S. Senate, we cheered developments closer to home.
For decades, the Republican-controlled State Senate has been the graveyard of many progressive goals, from a ban on hydrofracking to an increase in the minimum wage to an end to the control of big money on politics.
But progressive voters sent a powerful message on election day. A slate of WFP-endorsed Democrats has won majority control in Albany. The dust is still settling — and recounts could go on for weeks in at least two races — but we’re confident these results will hold.
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for — and now we need you more than ever to stand by us. All the big issues are on the line in Albany, and we can’t allow the Senate to miss this opportunity. So we need your help to build a movement that holds the Senate’s feet to the fire and turns their campaign promises into reality.
No one gave us much of a chance. Republicans had raised five times more money. They even got to draw their own, partisan gerrymandered districts.
But we elected some real progressive champions. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Terry Gipson both won tight races in districts where they were barely expected to be competitive. And they did it by sticking to their progressive principles and fighting for them, instead of backing down.
For us, elections are the beginning — not the end. While we did elect some champions to the State Senate, that won’t be enough on its own. To make sure that the really important legislation makes it through, we need to start applying pressure now.
Let’s keep fighting,
-Dan Cantor, WFP
P.S. – They’re still counting votes across New York. Stay tuned for more updates once we know our vote totals and where we gave Democrats their margin of victory.