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2012 Candidates

Committed to supporting genuinely progressive Democrats, 21st Century Democrats proudly endorsed the following 2012 candidates for their commitment to the progressive values that will improve the quality of life for all Americans.

2012 Endorsements


Martin Heinrich

Race Outcome – Won:    According to independent polls, Democratic Representative Martin Heinrich has a good lead over opponent Heather Wilson in the race to replace…
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Dan Maffei

Race Outcome – Won:    Missourian Todd Akin’s views on “legitimate rape” took center stage in the New York 24th District rematch between Tea Party Republican Ann…
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Elizabeth Warren

Race Outcome – Won:    In 2010, Tea Party momentum won Republican Scott Brown the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Two years later,…
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Rick Nolan

Race Outcome – Won:    When Rick Nolan represented Minnesota’s 6th District for three terms, former Representative Jim Oberstar called him “the conscience of the Congress.” While…
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Bob Filner

Race Outcome – Won:    Retiring from the U.S. House to run for the Office of Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner has a chance to wrest…
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Betty Sutton

Race Outcome – Defeated:    In a bit of redistricting chaos, two incumbents are battling it out for Ohio’s 16th District, Democrat Betty Sutton and Republican Jim…
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Steve Bullock

Race Outcome – Won:    Fresh off of leading 26 states in the fight against Citizens United, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock faces GOP Representative Rick Hill in the…
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Carol Shea-Porter

Race Outcome – Won:    In New Hampshire’s 1st District, Carol Shea-Porter may have picked up momentum recently in her rematch with Tea Party Representative Frank Guinta,…
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Alan Grayson

Race Outcome – Won:    Known for his pull-no-punches style when he represented Florida’s District 9 in the U.S. House, Former Representative Alan Grayson’s return to the campaign trail…
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Kirsten Gillibrand

Race Outcome – Won:    Kirsten Gillibrand staying in the U.S. Senate is critical for keeping the Senate in Democrats’ hands. A rising star in the Democratic…
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Sherrod Brown

Race Outcome – Won:    Sherrod Brown’s long record of fighting for collective bargaining rights for working Americans and against corporate tax loopholes that help companies ship jobs…
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Jon Tester

Race Outcome – Won:    While Jon Tester’s opponent actually caucuses with the Tea Party in Congress, Tester’s real opponents this year are the Koch brothers and…
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2016 Candidates


Ben Ray Luján

Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and representing New Mexico’s 3rd District in the House of Representatives since 2009, Ben Ray Lujan is a…
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Keith Ellison

Working to put progressives back on the path to leadership in Congress, Keith Ellison has focused not only on his own reelection but also on building…
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Chellie Pingree

“Pingree can work hard. Give her any job — chopping wood, planting a garden, canning vegetables, raising children, rewriting the U.S. Farm Bill.” With that, Maine…
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John Sarbanes

Committed to fighting back against the influence of big money in Washington, Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland introduced the Government By the People Act to…
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Rick Nolan

Having won his last election by a razor-thin margin, Republican funders have already started targeting Rick Nolan in his 2016 reelection bid. Nolan reports that Republicans made a…
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Tammy Duckworth

Illinois is critical for Democrats to take back control of the U.S. Senate — and we couldn’t ask for a more resilient candidate than Tammy…
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Catherine Cortez Masto

With Senator Harry Reid retiring and control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the Koch brothers and the GOP have made this Nevada Senate seat a…
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Kamala Harris

When Barbara Boxer announced her retirement from the U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris appeared at the top of most lists of candidates to replace her. Harris,…
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Patty Murray

In 1992, Senator Patty Murray’s first campaign cost $1.2 million. In 2016, her campaign could cost more than $20 million. Who is the opponent with pockets deep enough…
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Russ Feingold

When we’re asked to give an example of a true progressive, Russ Feingold is the first name that comes to mind. From McCain-Feingold campaign finance…
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Ted Strickland

“This is our country, our Senate, our fight – for higher wages, for fair trade, for education and opportunity for all.” That’s why Ted Strickland…
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Steve Bullock

He has always been on the frontlines fighting for campaign finance reform, and now Governor Steve Bullock has won another battle against the “dark money”…
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