Let’s Fight Harder And Better

The past week has been difficult. Much uncertainty lies ahead for America and the world.

But there are a few things that we know.

We know that the election was close. While the result is heartbreaking, the margin and especially popular vote totals mean that victory was not, and is not, out of sight.

We know that bringing more people into our organizations and into the political process is better. This election cycle saw further evolution in the practice of digital communications, tech-enabled organizing, and small-donor fundraising that will be the future of our political and civic life, and we need to cement and propagate those gains.

We know that solidarity makes us stronger. As a country and as a movement of like-minded people, we’re going to help organizations seek to more effectively create the ties that bind us together on the issues, causes, and common purpose that tie us together.

We came in to the office last Wednesday morning with the clear conviction that our work matters more now than ever before. The idea of Blue State from the beginning was to help purpose-driven organizations build relationships with the people that matter most to them in an effort to change the world.

We are proud to have stood by Hillary, and we’re committed to continuing to support the causes and organizations crucial to maintaining our progress and moving this country forward over the next four years.

And let’s not forget that we won some hard-fought campaigns on Tuesday.

Blue State Digital partnered with more than 100 Democratic candidates, resulting in 63 victories. We want to thank all the Democratic candidates fighting the good fight, and congratulate all the winning candidates powered by the BSD Tools. You are a beacon of hope and the vanguard who will lead us forward again:

In the Senate

Congratulations to Kamala Harris of California, Michael Bennett of Colorado, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Patty Murray of Washington.

In the House

Congratulations to:

  • Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona
  • Pete Aguilar, Nanette Barragán, Xavier Becerra, Ami Bera, Julia Brownley, Barbara Lee, Grace Napolitano, Scott Peters, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz, Linda Sanchez, and Eric Swalwell of California
  • Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut
  • Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware
  • Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy, Lois Frankel, Darren Soto, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida
  • John Lewis of Georgia
  • Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii
  • Cheri Bustos,  Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Brad Schneider of Illinois
  • Chellie Pingree of Maine
  • Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland
  • Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts
  • John Conyers of Michigan
  • Keith Ellison of Minnesota
  • Jacky Rosen of Nevada
  • Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire
  • Michelle Luján Grisham of New Mexico
  • Sean Patrick Maloney, Kathleen Rice, Louise Slaughter, Paul Tonko, and Nydia Velázquez of New York
  • Alma Adams of North Carolina
  • Tim Ryan of Ohio
  • Suzanne Bonamici and Peter Defazio of Oregon
  • Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania
  • Jim Clyburn of South Carolina
  • Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Gerry Connolly of Virginia
  • Pramila Jayapal of Washington
  • Mark Pocan of Wisconsin

Other races

Congratulations to Governor-elect Kate Brown of Oregon and good luck to Roy Cooper, who is leading the race for governor of North Carolina by 1 percent as the state recounts the votes.

Congratulations to Bob Ferguson for maintaining his position as Attorney General in Washington, and congratulations to Paul Penzone for winning Maricopa County Sheriff in Arizona.

What comes next?

The day after the 2016 election was the first day of the next election cycle. They’re not wrong, and we’re excited to partner with candidates such as Elizabeth Warren, up for reelection in 2018, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, up for reelection in 2017.

To the hundreds of the nonprofits and brands we partner with: your role in our society is even more important today.

For people feeling sad and frustrated by the results and wondering where we go from here, we encourage you to choose one or two (or more!) progressive or charitable organizations tackling issues you’re passionate about, and add your voice and your financial support. Their mission is more important than ever.