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| FEATURE | Election 2016 Returning the Senate to One That Fights for the Middle Class by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. Chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee EVEN BEFORE DONALD TRUMP took over the Republican Party, Democrats were very optimistic about our chances of retaking the U.S. Senate and as Election Day nears, we remain excited about our prospects. To begin, the 2016 map favors Democrats, with Republicans forced to defend 24 seats - including seven that President Obama won twice, compared to the 10 seats we are defending. Presidential year electorates tend to lean Democratic, so even before the cycle started, we were optimistic about our chances to regain the majority. But we never took anything for granted - we've done everything possible to set ourselves up to win as many seats as we can in November. Most importantly, Democrats recruited strong middle class champions in states across the country - and people took notice. Our class was called "stellar" and "strong" by outlets like The Washington Post, Roll Call and MSNBC, and it's been recognized as one of the most diverse in history, with four major Democratic candidates of color and nine women running this cycle. Not only do we have strong candidates in traditionally blue and purple states like Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, Ted Strickland in Ohio, Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania and Patrick Murphy in Florida, but we've expanded the map by recruiting outstanding candidates in traditionally red states. Candidates like Jason Kander in Missouri, Deborah Ross in North Carolina, Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona and Evan Bayh in Indiana are running strong campaigns in what were thought to be safely Republican states. Jason Kander, the Missouri Secretary of State and an Afghanistan War Veteran, has been widely recognized as one of the strongest recruits of the cycle and has moved the race to a toss-up. In Indiana, Evan Bayh's late entry has turned the race upside down, with Bayh touting high favorability and name recognition in the state. Our efforts to expand the map have forced the NRSC and outside groups to pour valuable resources into these states, leaving them with less money to prop up their struggling incumbents in purple states. 12 STONE, SAND & GRAVEL REVIEW, September/October 2016 While our map has expanded, Republicans' map has only gotten smaller. Republican recruiting efforts failed miserably in Colorado, with five of their top-choice candidates passing on the race. They're now left with an ultra-conservative candidate who is too extreme and ill-prepared to face Sen. Michael Bennet, who's had incredibly strong fundraising numbers and is running a great campaign. Across the country, our candidates are running strong campaigns that will ensure they have the resources needed to win in November. Due to their grassroots support across their states, in the second quarter of 2016, five Democratic challengers outraised their Republican incumbents. Here at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, we're very grateful for the funds we've gotten from our supporters as well. We outraised the NRSC 10 out of 12 months in 2015 and every month so far in 2016. This outpouring of support to our campaigns puts us in a strong position to retake the majority come November. As our candidates share their middle class priorities across their states and fight to make needed investments in infrastructure, protect Social Security and Medicare and raise wages for hard working Americans, families are becoming increasingly frustrated with Republicans' brand of irresponsible governance. To put it simply, the Republican Senate majority is just not working. Republicans have led the unprecedented obstruction of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee by refusing to allow a hearing or a vote on Judge Merrick Garland. They broke for a 7 week paid vacation without addressing the growing and important Zika crisis. And they're on pace to work the fewest days since 1956 - even as the list of issues the Republicans have yet to tackle grows. I am confident that we've put ourselves in the position to take back the Senate, but our work isn't done. From now until Election Day, we will be fighting in every race across the country to ensure that we get back to a Senate that works for hardworking middle class families. We're confident in our excellent candidates and the campaigns they're running, and we look forward to welcoming our new Democratic senators in November as part of the majority. ■

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - September/October 2016

Aggregates Alerts
Election Day Means More Than the Oval Office
Election 2016
Going Above and Beyond
The Endangered Species Act and Development Projects
Toxic Substances Subject to New Review and Regulation
Q&A With Marc Kmec
Rip & Share
NSSGA@Work
Products & Services Guide
Index of Advertisers
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - September/October 2016 - Going Above and Beyond
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - September/October 2016 - The Endangered Species Act and Development Projects
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - September/October 2016 - Toxic Substances Subject to New Review and Regulation
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