From a smart guy in Oregon called Gabriel Valdez:
7 months ago, Tom Price won Georgia’s 6th by 23 points.
7 months ago, Mick Mulvaney won South Carolina’s 5th by 21 points.
Results are still coming in, but it looks like Jon Ossof is going to lose GA-6 by around 5 points.
It looks like Archie Parnell is going to lose SC-5 by fewer than 4 points.
That means in the space of 7 months, the work people on the ground did there and the broader work we do daily have swung margins by 18 and 17 points in those districts. That’s unheard of.
Yes, we lost the elections, but we made up nearly 20 points in each of these districts in the space of a few months.
If you take that as a sign to give up, if you take that as a defeat, then you were looking for a savior, someone to come along and give you a sign that the hard part’s over.
The hard part is not over.
We made up nearly 20 points in each of these elections, a mark that’s only reinforced in special election after special election this year.
That shows you the work we all do can change things. Yet we still lost these elections. That shows you we’re still in the middle of this work. There’s still a lot to do.
We lost two elections we had no business even contending in. From 23 points down to 5 down. From 21 points down to 4 down.
We’re going in the right direction. Immediate miraculous victories would have been nice, but the truth is that these things are just products of the work we do. If we did the work to put districts like this in play in 7 months, what do you think we can do in another 7 months? Keep your head up. Keep at it. We are making a hell of a difference.