The primary goal of Landslide Coalition is to ensure the most complete and devastating loss imaginable for the Republican party in 2020. Beyond emotional satisfaction, there are strong strategic reasons to pursue this goal for anyone seeking to defend liberal democracy and the rule of law in one of the world’s most powerful countries:

 

  • A landslide victory will make it harder for Trump or his allies to successfully dispute the election results, a major concern given his repeated claims that the system is rigged against him and refusal to commit to abide by the outcome of the vote.

  • A landslide victory offers insurance against the possibility that election administration snafus will meaningfully affect the outcome, whether they are accidental or the result of malign interference by foreign actors.

  • A landslide victory increases the chances that a Democratic president will have enough votes in the Senate to pass needed legislation and confirm appointees, including for the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnell elevated obstructionism to an art form during President Obama's tenure; if he remains Senate leader, he will be all too happy to deliver an encore performance for Trump’s successor.

  • Most importantly, a landslide victory is the only outcome that will rid us not only of Trump, but the toxic mix of racism, corruption, and authoritarianism that has taken over the Republican Party in his name. The best way to deter anyone from going down this path again is for Republicans to see that their cynical embrace of Trump has led to terrible consequences not only for the country, but for their party and themselves.

To achieve a landslide victory, we need to throw everything we have at this election, even if it seems to be trending in our favor for now. Accordingly, Landslide Coalition looks for neglected opportunities to make a disproportionate impact this fall. We are currently focusing on the following thematic areas:

  • Work to maximize net Democratic votes in battleground states, e.g. by undertaking cost-effective get-out-the-vote and persuasion campaigns in the places most likely to decide the general election

  • Election campaigns that are underfunded relative to their significance, such as state house races that have a chance of flipping the chamber and preventing Republican control of the redistricting process

  • Organizations that work on protecting the integrity and security of the upcoming election against threats such as hacking, disinformation, equipment failure, and COVID-related staffing shortages

  • Preparing for the possibility that the election will be disputed and ensuring massive resistance to any attempts to undermine the will of the people after November 3

  • Work to boost participation in the Census by groups at risk of being undercounted, thereby ensuring their fair representation in Congress and the electoral college for the next decade

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