You live somewhere deep blue. But in deep-red Marinette County, WI (67% for Trump), most folks have no idea what Dems really stand for. Local Dems are running an experiment: billboards, radio ads, and more to change the narrative. Chip in to help them:…
Wisconsin is the only state where 4 of the last 6 presidential elections came down to less than 1%. Next year, we have the statewide race to beat Ron Johnson (last elected w/ 50.2%) and reelect @GovEvers (who won by 1.1%). Margins in small rural counties will really matter.
In fact, if you look at 2020, increased Democratic turnout in the 21 reddest counties in WI (nearly all rural!) added up to more than President Biden’s margin of victory. If we hadn’t organized *everywhere*, even in places where Trump dominated, we would’ve lost here.
Marinette County, population 40,350, welcomed Trump for a highly publicized presidential visit in January of 2020. That November, the county cast 15,304 votes for Trump and 7,366 votes for Biden.
After the tallying ended, a group of local activists launched a task force to figure out how to build Democratic strength in a county where most people get their info about Democrats from Fox News and right-wing talk radio.
The members of the Marinette Democratic Task Force talked to neighbors about where they got their news, looked for low-cost, high-impact ways to communicate, and started raising money to make their case. They’ve got ads running on local radio as you read this.
Nobody’s under any illusions about the challenge. It’s not likely that Marinette County will suddenly flip from red to blue. But for Dems, even losing by less in places like Marinette can mean victory statewide.
And, in fact, there’s some evidence for the idea that communicating to people about what Democrats stand for, and facts about our track record when in leadership, can change partisan identification.…
The well-organized Dems in this rural county party are asking for help to ramp up their experiment. Local donors have offered to match donations that we mobilize here. Can you chip in to help them?…

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