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Received this e-mail from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) today in support of three Democratic Senators up for re-election next year who all happen to be named Mark:
You need to see these new polls showing our Democratic Senate majority in serious jeopardy.

My friends Sens. Mark Pryor, Mark Udall and Mark Begich are all polling within single digits – and if they lose their re-election fights, our majority is gone.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., speaks to the annual meeting of Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Pryor barely leads Rep. Tom Cotton, a Tea Party darling backed by right-wing groups like the Club for Growth who’ve already spent $1.8 million smearing Mark. Udall polls just three points ahead of extremist Ken Buck. And Begich is only single digits up over a field including Sarah Palin favorite Joe Miller.

I’ve set a goal of $45,000 to help Sens. Pryor, Udall and Begich start 2014 strong – but I can’t get there without you. Will you contribute before the December 31 FEC deadline?

Click here to contribute $5 or more to Sens. Pryor, Udall and Begich before their books close for 2013 – we can’t hold our Democratic Senate majority without them, so please don’t delay.

epa01470114 Colorado Representative Mark Udall addresses the final session of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado USA, 28 August 2008. 75,000 to 80,000 people are expected to hear Barack Obama accept the Democratic party nomination during the night session.  EPA/TANNEN MAURY
There’s no way I’ll let Mark Pryor, who’s fought by my side for equal pay and Pell Grants, lose to Cotton, who voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Or see Sen. Udall, who worked tirelessly to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, defeated by someone like Ken Buck, who compared being gay to alcoholism.
And I certainly won’t stand by and watch Mark Begich – champion to middle-class families – lose to Miller, who believes government-paid unemployment benefits may be unconstitutional.

I know these options are as horrifying to you as they are to me – but with extremist billionaires like the Kochs pouring money into 2014 races, they’re quite real. I’m really counting on you to help keep Sens. Pryor, Udall and Begich – all of whom stood with us to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military – in the Senate. Please contribute now.

Contribute $5 or more to Sens. Pryor, Udall and Begich now – 100% of your contributions will go directly to helping them defeat the Tea Party and hold our Senate majority.

Your support means so much to me – thank you.


You can click here to contribute to any or all of the Marks up for re-election:

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity, Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, Social Security Defenders, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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