THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: Support Progressive Primary Candidates in TN (8.2) & KS, MO, MI, WA, OH (8.7)

MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.png"The Midterms Minute" is a look at the candidates and races that you need to know about, shout about and support to make sure we have a blue tsunami on November 6th. 

Primary season is in full swing. Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knocking out Democrat Joe Crowley in New York last month, was the primary victory heard round the world. And we are going to need more progressive wins like that to solidify the message that real reform is finally here.



Tennessee’s Democratic Primaries take place August 2nd. In Tennessee’s 2nd district, Brand New Congress has endorsed Marc Whitmire, a former veteran and small business owner, for Congress. And in Tennessee’s 3rd district, Dr. Danielle Mitchell, a family physician, has also been endorsed by Brand New Congress. In the Senate race, former Tennessee governor and moderate Democrat Phill Bredesen is already leading in polls against rabid Trump Republican Marsha Blackburn in the race for Bob Corker’s Senate seat. Unfortunately, Bredesen was not primaried, so progressives will have to hold their noses in the general. If you’re a Tennessee resident and you were registered to vote by July 3rd, you can vote in the primaries. If you missed this cut off, be sure to get registered before October 9th to be able to vote in the general election.

After Tennessee, the next slew of Democratic primaries will be held on August 7th in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Washington state.



In Kansas’ 3rd District, labor lawyer Brent Welder has received endorsements from every progressive organization, including Congressional Progressive Caucus. He previously worked on Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign and is running on a platform of a $15 minimum wage and Medicare for All. In Kansas’ 4th district, civil rights lawyer James Thompson is running for Congress and has received the same progressive endorsements as Welder. If he wins his primary, Thompson will run against a vulnerable incumbent backed by the Koch brothers. If you’re a resident of Kansas, you need to be registered by July 17th to vote in the primaries and by October 16th to vote in the general.


In Missouri’s 1st district, Cori Bush, a former teacher, registered nurse, and pastor, is running for congress against a long time Democratic incumbent. She’s recently been the victim of vicious, sexist trolling and is not having any of it. She’s endorsed by Brand New Congress, Justice Democrats, and others. It’s also worth noting that moderate Democratic Senator Clair McCaskill is facing a hell of a fight to retain her seat in the general. Although she is no favorite of progressives, the left can’t afford to lose her seat. Another nose holding situation for November. If you are a Missouri resident, your voter registration must be complete or post marked no later than July 11th to vote in the primary, and October 10th to vote in the general.


Michigan and Washington state are chalk full of progressive candidates endorsed by progressive issue organizations. Instead of listing them all today, I encourage you to go to Justice Democrats dot com and Brand New Congress dot org and click on the respective “Candidates” tabs to see their endorsements. Make particular note of the governor’s race in Michigan, where Justice Democrat Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a Rhodes scholar, physician and former health commissioner of Detroit is gaining media attention. You must be registered to vote by July 9th to vote in the Michigan and Washington primaries.


And finally, Ohio is having a special election for their 12th district congressional seat that has been empty since January. The winner could hold the seat for just 5 months, depending on the general, but those months will matter. Danny O’Connor is the Democrat in this race. He doesn’t have the far left endorsements, but he does have Democratic Progressives of Ohio, Planned Parenthood and the regional SEIU. And that’s gonna have to be good enough because Trump won this district. If you’re a Ohio resident of district 12, you must be registered to vote by July 9th to vote in this special election. Early voting starts on July 10th and absentee ballots much be post marked by August 6th and received by the 17th.

We want to emphasize registration cut off dates and absentee ballot request and submission dates are different for each state, sometimes even each county. We highly suggest reviewing your state’s information, and voter ID laws, at as soon as possible to ensure you will be able to vote in both the primary and general elections.

So, if building the bluest of blue waves is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Supporting Progressive Candidates around the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.




Check on candidates endorsed by Justice Democrats | Brand New Congress | DSA | Latino Victory | Our Revolution

Check your state deadlines and voter ID laws with

August 2nd Primaries:

Tennessee (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 3rd/ General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 2nd District: Marc Whitmire 

U.S. House - 3rd District: Dr. Danielle Mitchell

Heads Up! General Nov. 6th: (Senate) Dem Candidate is Phill Bedesen (moderate) 

August 7th Primaries:

Kansas (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 17th/ General: Oct. 16th)

U.S. House - 3rd District: Brent Welder

U.S. House - 4th District: James Thompson 

Missouri (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 11th/ General: Oct. 10th)

U.S. House - 1st District: Cori Bush

Heads Up! General Nov. 6th: (Senate) Dem Candidate is Clair McCaskill (moderate) 

Michigan (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 9th / General: Oct. 9th)

Governor Dem Primary: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed (Justice Democrat)

5 U.S. House Candidates: Justice Democrats | Brand New Congress

Washington (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: Only July 9th; In person July 30th / General: Oct 8th)

3 U.S. House Candidates: Justice Democrats | Brand New Congress

Ohio (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 9th / Early voting starts July 10th/ General: Oct 9th)

Special Election: U.S. House - 12th District: Danny O’Connor (Democrat) 


Posted July 3rd, 2018; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1194: The why and the how to make voting cool again (Elections)


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