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Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:51 AM

DNC waged stealth organizing campaign for Jones

this makes me smile https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/12/alabama-senate-democrats-jones-293496

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ó With the spotlight squarely on Roy Moore in the closing weeks of Alabama's Senate special election, a constellation of Democratic groups embarked on an under-the-radar effort to organize voters for candidate Doug Jones.

Despite publicly remaining mum on the race, the Democratic National Committee spent nearly $1 million on the contest while dispatching and funding 30 aides here, a party official told POLITICO. That push came just as Jones sought to distance himself from the national party and win over conservatives.


It was a politically delicate move. Jonesí detractors have tried painting him as a tool of the national party, so Democrats in Washington have tried treading carefully in order to avoid leaving too much of a footprint in a state where Democrats havenít won a Senate seat in over two decades. The effort paid off: Jones prevailed Tuesday.

But the DNC and other national Democrats have also come under fire from critics this year for their perceived lack of involvement in other special elections, so the committee has been eager to chip in.

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Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:04 AM

1. It didn't go unnoticed with me. That Alabama GOTV effort deserves a lot of the credit

Alabaman's keep it up!!

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Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:13 AM

2. Rev Al talked about GOTV efforts in Alabama's African American communities last week on MSNBC

Kudos to everyone involved!

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Wed Dec 13, 2017, 05:44 AM

3. I think this needs to be the strategy going forward

During Presidential races, the DNC can become more publicly overt, but as is oft-quoted from the late Tip O'Neill - "All politics is local" and that on-the-ground focus, at the state and local levels, is the way to victory for these off-year elections...

Dean's 50-state strategy already showed this works for Presidential elections too so it can definitely work for mid-years and special elections.

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