Two elections took place this week—and each points the way towards what will happen this November.
You’ve probably heard about the one in Iowa, where Trump dominated the caucuses and took his first big step towards officially becoming the GOP nominee.
But many fewer people heard about the state legislative special election in Florida—where, in a district previously won by a Republican and where the GOP had a 2:1 spending advantage, a Democrat defeated a MAGA Republican by 2.6%—a 13-point swing since 2022. The race had two central issues: property insurance (a big deal in Florida)... and abortion.
The takeaways here: the GOP candidate will be MAGA. And voters, especially women, remain furious about their freedoms being taken away, and will fight like hell to get them back.
It’s not a mystery who did this. As Trump bragged last week, "for 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it and I'm proud to have done it.” Even if he tried, he wouldn’t be able to get away from that. But he’s not trying—he’s trumpeting it.
This Monday will mark the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. To mark it, Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Big Bend, Wisconsin—in the heart of Waukesha County—to kick off her nationwide Reproductive Freedom tour. She’s going to make absolutely clear to voters that the GOP won’t stop pushing until abortion, and forms of birth control, are banned nationwide… and Democrats won’t stop fighting until we’ve ensured reproductive freedom for all.
Freedom is non-negotiable.
The freedom to make your own decisions about your own body—it’s something people will fight for.
And it’s going to be on the ballot this year, at every level—in state legislative races, House races, Senate races (Tammy Baldwin is the author of the Women’s Health Protection Act!)... and the presidential race most of all.
This Monday, if you can, take time to watch Vice President Harris’s speech. And definitely take a few minutes to share her speech, or clips from it, on social media, and text them to friends. It’s urgent that we remind people of the stakes of the 2024 elections, and the vast difference between the two sides. As frustrated as people might be about a million things, nobody can sit this one out.
This week, Iowa showed us what we’re up against. And Florida reminded us what we’re capable of, when we set our mind to it.
Now, it’s our job to make history right here in Wisconsin.