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Billionaire Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer’s group is launching a $350,000 campaign to boost turnout among young voters in four California House primaries where Democrats fear they could miss the November ballot.
NextGen America is rolling out a campaign to urge 200,000 young voters to go to the polls on June 5 in four GOP-held districts: the seats held by Reps. Jeff Denham and Dana Rohrabacher as well as the seats being vacated by retiring Reps. Ed Royce and Darrell Issa. All four districts were carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and are part of Democrats’ planned path to taking back the House.
The Hill notes that Steyer has vowed to spend $30 million to help Democrats regain the House majority, and goes on to state the following:
NextGen will have 20 organizers on the ground in those four districts and the new program includes direct mail and digital ads. Steyer’s group will also do heavy voter outreach on college campuses that are still in session, which includes sending hundreds of thousands of text messages and knocking on 15,000 doors by the June primary.
Democrats are growing increasingly worried that they’ll get shut out of the general election thanks to California’s election laws. The state has a top-two primary where all candidates run, regardless of party affiliation, in a single primary with the top two vote-getters advancing to the November election.
The party fears that the large number of Democratic candidates running in each of these primaries will split up the vote and lead to two Republicans facing off in the November election.
“Voters in California are fired up like never before, and they have the opportunity to lead progressives across the country with their energy and activism this year,” Steyer said.
“Taking back our government starts in primary elections, and by turning out in droves to the polls, California Democrats will send Trump and the GOP a strong message this June.”
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