Groups Work to Energize Black Voters in Key 2018 Midterm Election Contests

October 19 at 9:58 AM

BlackPAC, which helped to boost turnout among black voters for crucial Democratic victories in Virginia and Alabama, will spend $8 million to mobilize African Americans for key midterm contests for the Senate, House and governorships.

The group will use direct mail and radio ads to bump up support for Democratic Senate candidates in Tennessee, Missouri, Florida, Indiana and Nevada, as well as for Stacey Abrams, who is in a close race against Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia governor. BlackPAC, which was started in 2016 to mobilize black voters to “dismantle structural racism” at the ballot box, will also try to rally progressive voters in congressional districts identified as potential Democratic pickups. The group’s goal is to reach more than 700,000 black voters through Election Day.

Separately, the nonpartisan Black Progressive Action Coalition, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit affiliated with BlackPAC, will team up with local advocacy groups to knock on doors and talk to voters about issues important to black communities, including ballot measures to restore voting rights for people with felony convictions in Florida and criminal justice changes in Ohio.

Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, said the goal is to maintain the high level of participation that black voters showed in Virginia’s governor’s and lieutenant governor’s race, as well as in the special election in Alabama, where Democrats claimed a Senate seat for the first time in a quarter-century.

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