This is a pivotal moment for our party:

Tuesday night, voters in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan, and Washington nominated candidates for this fall's general election and Missourians scored a massive victory for organized labor. Here are a few highlights:

  • In Michigan and Missouri, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Claire McCaskill were nominated for re-election; they're two of 10 Democratic senators up for re-election in states Trump won.

  • In Kansas, Laura Kelly won the Democratic nomination for governor. If elected, she'd become Kansas' second woman governor in history.

  • Michigan Democrats nominated Gretchen Whitmer as their candidate for governor this fall, bringing the total of woman Democratic nominees for governor to eight: Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Laura Kelly (KS), Paulette Jordan (ID), Kate Brown (OR), Lupe Valdez (TX), Stacey Abrams (GA), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), and Janet Mills (ME).

  • Also in Michigan, Rashida Tlaib won her primary in the state's 13th District and is poised to become the first Muslim woman ever to serve in Congress.

  • Missourians struck down Prop A, a viciously anti-union "right-to-work" law. This is a huge win for the labor movement and working families across Missouri.

I'm so proud of the historically diverse slate of candidates -- many of whom are running for the first time -- that Democrats across the country are nominating this year. It shows that the energy and excitement is all on our side. But we can't ignore that in primary after primary, the Republican Party is nominating Donald Trump's preferred candidates -- and we certainly can't ignore that the Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump.


Tom Perez, Chair, Democratic National Committee



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