On November 7th voters will have the chance to change the course of modern American history by changing the power structure that Republicans have had a choke-hold on for 12 years. Many key races are very tight and getting ugly in terms of the GOP's deceptive, untrue, shameful attack ads in the campaign's final week. What we as Democrats can do to help our candidates, and our party, win next month is to send money. That's what these brave folks need most right now in order to effectively combat the onslaught of negative ads being produced by the Repugs (see "The Stakes"; Bob Corker's ads attacking Harold Ford Jr in Tennessee; Rick Santorum's Bob Casey ads; the stem-cell battle in Missouri; etc). In the final days of the 2006 campaign, it's all about money, money, money.
In the Senate, Democrats need six seats to regain control. Here are the tightest races, and the candidates who need your money most (these Democrats either are ahead by just a a few percentage points, or are in dead heats):
-New Jersey: Sen. Bob Menendez
-Tennessee: Rep. Harold Ford, Jr.
-Virginia: Jim Webb
-Missouri: Claire McCaskill
-Rhode Island: Sheldon Whitehouse
-Montana: Jon Tester
The following Democrats hold strong leads, but still need a massive war chest:
-Pennsylvania: Bob Casey Jr.
-Ohio: Rep. Sherrod Brown
In the House, where Democrats need 15 seats to take control, there are dozens of candidates locked in tight races that desperately need contributions. These include:
-New York: Kirsten Gillibrand
-New York: John Hall
-Michigan: Nancy Skinner
-Pennsylvania: Joe Sestak
-Illinois: John Laesch (challenging House Speaker Denny Hastert)
-Illinois: Tammy Duckworth (seeking seat of retiring Republican Henry Hyde)
There are many other worthy House candidates and close races as well. You can find them on the 'net in minutes.
You can also send money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and organizations such as MoveOn.org. Your money will spent on worthy candidates in the most needed races:
Please send whatever you can. The Repugs are very good at pulling out all stops in the final days of the election. We must combat this aggressiveness with that of our own. We have a real shot here at winning both the House and Senate. Let's together make it a reality.