Below is a summary of the some likely 2020 candidates for the Senate, with links to the web sites of the Democrats. (Some states, like Georgia, will be having competitive Democratic primaries so I didn’t add them in.)
I’m giving you the strongest Democratic candidates, each of which has a good chance of winning. Some of them are already steadily polling above their GOP opponents. (Some of the websites take you on an aerial video tour of each state; quite pretty.)
If the Democrats take four Republican seats, they will have the Senate majority. After the “trial” — after witnessing the performances of the GOP — you will feel better if you want to get involved in the campaigns to unseat these Republican Senators.
I send money — $7, $5, even $1. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s inexpensive.
As things are now, money is one way candidates can gain support from us regular unrich people. As things are, sadly, money is a parallel track to actual votes. Instead of raging about it, raging about repealing Citizens United, we must use our sunny money to beat out the dark money Citizens United has unleashed.
We have money to unleash, too. A lot of us have $5 to spare. And there are a lot of us: nearly 73,000,000 registered Democrats in this country. If one percent of us sent $5 to one of these candidates, that’d add $3.6 million to his/her campaign funds. If two percent of us sent $5, that’d be $7.2 million. If three percent of us — oh, I’m sure you get it.
And remember, senate seats can’t be gerrymandered.
Democratic Party senatorial candidates
Barbara Bollier (an MD) is running in Kansas against Kris Kobach (remember him? He is so unpopular in Kansas, he lost the gubernatorial election to a Democratic woman), for Pat Roberts’ seat (he’s retiring).
Cal Cunningham is running against Thom Tillis in North Carolina.
Sara Gideon is running against Susan Collins in Maine.
M.J. Hegar is running for retiring John Cornyn’s seat in Texas.
Jaime Harrison is running against Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Harrison produced the finest TV campaign ad I’ve ever seen.
John Hickenlooper is running against Cory Gardner in Colorado.
Mark Kelly, astronaut and Gabby Giffords’ husband, is running against Martha McSally in Arizona.
Amy McGrath is running against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. (Watch her video, too. It’s won great praise.)
If you want to check this out for yourself, here’s an interactive map and run-down of the states and their senators, including who’s running, who’s retiring and which seats are considered safe. I don’t agree with all the “safe” GOP seats but that may be my inherent optimism and soaring contempt.