From resistance to persistence
Swing Left's 10-year plan to strengthen democracy
After an unprecedented wave of grassroots energy over the past four years, Trump is out of office and Democrats have unified control of the federal government. But the Republican party continues to pursue an increasingly radical strategy of power grabs to maintain minority rule for as long as it can, all while continuing to undermine the integrity of future elections. Democrats made progress in 2018 and 2020, but we still have work to do to protect and expand democracy and defeat the GOP.
We must move from resistance to persistence to continue defending and strengthening our democracy. We must deliver Republicans an historic wave of losses at the federal and state levels to show them that a fight against American democracy itself is not a fight they can win.
Swing Left has a sustained 10-year plan—starting with keeping Virginia blue in 2021—to defeat the anti-democratic movement within the Republican party, dismantle the GOP's advantage in key swing states, and maintain and expand Democratic power at the federal level.
Some exciting changes
We're supporting gubernatorial races: Winning governorships in 2022 will be critical to protecting democracy in 2024 and beyond. Swing Left will target competitive gubernatorial races with an eye towards states where Democrats can prevent unified Republican governance and where we will see critical federal elections in the coming years.
We're supporting select incumbent candidates even earlier: Swing Left is supporting statewide incumbents on our target map for reelection because it is the most strategic way for volunteers and donors to get involved early in the 2022 election cycle. Swing Left has not and will not get involved in contested primaries.
Keep Virginia blue
10 Virginia House of Delegates races / 1 gubernatorial race
The work to ensure Democratic success in 2022 starts right now in Virginia. Virginia's 2021 state elections will be the first referendum on the Biden-Harris administration and the state's governing Democratic trifecta. Protecting the Democratic trifecta is also important for furthering progressive policies that the state is championing—from expanded voter access to substantial criminal justice reform.
Swing Left is supporting ten House of Delegates races and, for the first time ever, the Democratic nominee for governor, Terry McAuliffe.
Learn more about our Virginia target races →
Take action in Virginia:
Donate to keep VA blue
We're raising early money now for key races so that we can deliver critical funds to Democratic nominees when they need it most.
Write letters to VA voters
Writing letters to voters is one of the most effective ways to increase election turnout. Help us write 1.5 million to VA voters.
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Support local organizations
Blueprint, Swing Left's platform for year-round political giving, makes it easy to support local organizations and candidates in one place.
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Call voters in VA
Find a virtual phone bank event hosted by a candidate in one of our target districts and start calling Virginia voters today!
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Protect Democratic majorities in Congress
40–50 U.S. House races / 5 U.S. Senate races / 20–25 target states
Our chief strategic priority of the 2022 cycle is preserving the Democratic majorities in Congress to continue advancing the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda. We are committed to defending and expanding the narrow Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.
Because of unprecedented delays in the Census due to the pandemic, states will not receive the full dataset needed to draw new districts until September 2021. Therefore, we will not have a formal target map in the U.S. House until states approve new maps on a rolling basis.
Our target districts will always be selected by focusing on the most competitive races across the country where our work can make the greatest difference, and prioritized in order to maximize the number of Democratic Representatives in the next Congress.
Read more on redistricting
Strengthen democracy in the states
3 target gubernatorial races / 7 state legislative target states
Swing Left’s 10-year focus on states requires us to set short-, medium-, and long-term goals. Our target selection in 2022 prioritizes supporting candidates where short-term gains have the greatest potential to help protect democratic outcomes in 2024 (i.e. competitive gubernatorial races), or in states where Democrats have a clear chance to flip the chamber or make durable gains.
Our strategy for building Democratic power in the states centers around three goals:
- Win Democratic governorships in key swing states that hold important federal elections to help protect democracy
- Build Democratic power in the legislatures to win majorities and expand ballot access
- Ultimately win majority control over the partisan redistricting process in 2030
Learn more about our state legislative plan →
National Impact Fund
Our National Impact Fund is regularly updated to reflect the most strategic donation needs of the moment. As we move past the Trump presidency and look ahead to 2022 and beyond, our first priorities are to protect and expand American democracy, and defeat the GOP, by electing Democrats to key state and federal offices. This means competing for Congress, key state legislative majorities, and governorships in the decade ahead.
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As we look ahead to 2022 and beyond, we must move from resistance to persistence—with an all-hands-on-deck effort to protect our Democratic majorities and deliver a wave of GOP defeats at the ballot box. We need you on our team.
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