DFA celebrates grassroots progressive surge in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District

Tonight, Democracy for America (DFA) celebrated the amazing grassroots progressive surge we saw in Kansas 4th Congressional district.  

Statement from Democracy for America’s Chair Jim Dean on James Thompson stunningly strong race in the KS-4:

“The amazing grassroots progressive surge we saw emerge behind Democrat James Thompson in a deep red Kansas congressional district that Republicans won by 31 points five months ago is nothing short of jaw-dropping.  

"To fellow grassroots progressives leading the resistance in the streets, at townhalls, and at the doors, these results are proof that our movement can have a profound impact at the ballot box in the months ahead.  If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now, we have the power to rip the gavel out of Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018.

"To the Washington Democratic insiders who wrote this race off before it began, it’s time to wake up and realize that the grassroots expects this resistance effort to be waged unflinchingly in every single county and every single state across the country.  While Donald Trump is threatening the safety of marginalized communities, Democrats need to quit the dithering and ensure that Trump and his Congressional enablers feel politically unsafe in every corner of the country.

“While we’d certainly preferred to see him heading to Congress, James Thompson deserves a great deal of credit for the bold, people-powered campaign he ran.  We were proud to stand with him in this race and we look forward to working with him in the fights ahead in Kansas and beyond.” -- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Information about Democracy for America and our involvement in the special election in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District:

  • DFA endorsed Thompson in the KS-04 special election in March.
  • Over the course of the race, DFA members and Thompson volunteers made  287,191 using the DFA Dialer volunteer phone banking tool -- including 127,165 on election day alone.
  • DFA members also raised and contributed more than $13,000 in support of Thompson’s race.
  • DFA has 11,627 members in Kansas and more than one million members nationwide.

​Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

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