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July 23rd, 2014 - 9:29 am § in Bad States, politics, The Ave Scene


Cantwell via 

9:03 AM (23 minutes ago)

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Michelle Nunn’s race is now a sprint to November. Show Michelle that you have her back.


Stephen –

Something exciting happened in Georgia last night.

After a bitter and divisive Republican primary, my friend Michelle Nunn finally learned who her right-wing opponent will be in the race for U.S. Senate: David Perdue. And according to the latest poll, she’s five points ahead of him!

There’s so much at stake in this race. Michelle could become the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Georgia. What’s more, a Nunn victory could give us a crucial chance to flip a seat from red to blue this November and secure our Democratic majority.

With the national spotlight focused on this race, the next 24 hours will be pivotal. That’s why I hope you’ll join me in supporting Michelle Nunn’s “Georgia on my Mind” money bomb today — to get her general election campaign off to a strong start, right from day one, before her right-wing opponent and super PACs go on the attack.

For 24 hours, we’re driving a surge of grassroots donations to Michelle to prove to the nation that she has the resources she needs to win — but we need your help to do it.

Every second counts today. Will you chip in $10.00 right now and support Michelle Nunn’s “Georgia on my Mind” money bomb — to help elect her to the U.S. Senate?

Michelle is well-suited for public service. She has already served for twenty-five years by engaging communities in volunteerism, including leading the world’s largest volunteer service organization, Points of Light, as CEO.

Even now, Georgia citizens have taken up her cause and formed a massive volunteer force to help spread her message by connecting with voters on the phone and at their doorsteps. And thanks in large part to their hard work, Michelle is leading in poll after poll. But after last night’s primary, this race is just getting started.

Michelle’s commitment to bringing people together to get things done is exactly the kind of leadership we need in Congress. But to reach even more Georgians with her message before Election Day, she needs our support.

Michelle Nunn is the kind of fresh new leader that Georgia needs in the U.S. Senate. Please contribute $10.00 to Michelle’s money bomb now — and let her know you’re standing with her!

Michelle’s opponent, David Perdue, is the wrong choice for Georgia — and if he wins this race, Republicans would be one big step closer to capturing the Senate majority.

While Perdue was CEO of Dollar General, his company discriminated against female employees and paid them less than men, and got caught in the act by federal investigators — all while Perdue pocketed $40 million for himself.

Also on Perdue’s watch, Haggar Clothing fired 1,667 American workers and shipped their jobs overseas. And while running a North Carolina firm named Pillowtex, Perdue gave himself a $2 million bonus after laying off 6,450 people.

It’s appalling. And we can’t afford for him to win.

Michelle Nunn is the right choice for Georgia and for America. Please contribute $10.00 to Michelle’s money bomb now — and help give her campaign a big boost over the next 24 hours.

We know that David Perdue — and the right-wing super PACs backing him — will unleash millions of dollars of attack ads to try to defeat Michelle and tear down her campaign.

That’s why today’s money bomb is so crucial. We need to make sure Michelle can get out in front of these attacks and have enough resources to fight back, all the way through November.

Thanks for your support,

Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senator


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