Let me tell you about @NDLB2020

#NoDemLeftBehind is a coalition of rural Democratic candidates for Congress.

And for the amount of $$$ it costs to send 1 moderate Dem from a toss-up district to Washington, we can send 11 progressive candidates.

Think about that.

11 additional votes for universal healthcare.
11 additional votes to fully fund education.
11 additional votes to support climate change policy.
11 additional votes to invest in green infrastructure.
11 additional votes to end qualified immunity.

There's so much focus on how likely a district is to flip on day zero (before there's a candidate or $1 raised) that no one pays attention to where the district is 50 days out.

Imagine you have a no-show incumbent + a candidate who perfectly fits the district.

Imagine the incumbent holds no town halls, no debates, and no opportunity to hear from constituents.

Imagine the incumbent isn't even raising money because they feel so safe.

Imagine the incumbent never travels around the district. Never sees people.

Those are the incumbents I'm talking about.

Now imagine they're challenged in a competitive race for the first time against challenger candidates who reflect the district, who were born and raised in the district, who are military veterans and military family members.

Imagine those challengers have visited every community. Spoken with people in every town.

Imagine the challengers are doctors, lawyers, union workers, farmers and teachers, too.

Imagine the challengers aren't afraid to fight.

Imagine those challengers speak to voters who haven't heard from a candidate in at least a decade.

Imagine those challengers create grassroots volunteer networks.

Imagine those challengers don't need to dampen a progressive message in a rural area because it resonates.

Because those are the types of candidates we're talking about here.

We're talking about specific rural races--with no show incumbents and with grassroots powered candidates who truly reflect their district because it's their home.

No seat is safe in 2020.

And what we have in 11 districts is only one side showing up for the fight--and that's us. No Dem Left Behind.

@RobAnderson2018 @DevinPandy @AC4Congress2020 @AllenLEllison @Mia4MD @NatalieClineWV @SWFLMom2020 @DrGaryWegman @BlairWalsingham @tomforwi
So you can watch $11 million dollars be spent on one individual toss-up race in America--where the candidate must run as and be a moderate democrat.

Or, you can divide $11 million, 11 ways and send 11 progressive votes to Congress.

Because when it comes to moving this country forward--it doesn't matter how close the race looked before it started.

It only matters how many votes we have on universal healthcare. And 11 congressmen create a voting block that can't be ignored.

Any basketball player knows you don't charge the guy guarding you if you're looking to make a play.

You find the opening and walk right on through.

And that's what we're going to do.


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That's such an incredible thing to read from someone I admire greatly.

And I have to tell you--it's because of Rob Anderson and 11 other people that I feel supported enough to do this work.


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This guy is a force. Not even multiple hurricanes have slowed him down.


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Rob Anderson constantly lifts everyone around him up.

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As a plus--he doesn't threaten to shoot people.

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National outlets mention that #MO04 tends to vote Republican, we have a lower proportion of college degrees.

That we lack sufficient access to the Internet.
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But we split ticket vote constantly.

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And not all things on the Internet are objectively true.

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How did we go from a democratic stronghold, with the giant military champion Ike Skelton to where we are now—a woman who took $500k in PPP money while others struggle.

Here you go.

My answer is simple—the people haven’t changed.

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