Democrats won big in 2017 against Trump and the GOP

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, writes:

When I was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee a year ago, President Trump responded the way he always does: on Twitter, mocking me and my fellow Democrats. In response, deputy DNC chair Keith Ellison and I made a promise: we would unite Democrats across the country to become his worst nightmare. And we did — by winning some of the biggest races in 2017. […]

In 2017, we went all-in in Virginia, investing $1.5 million to help Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Mark Herring, and Democrats up and down the ballot. We beat Ed Gillespie by a whopping 9 points and flipped 15 state legislative seats, including the first two Latinas and the first openly transgender person elected to the Virginia State House. But we didn’t just invest — we invested the right way. Not one cent went to television ads. Instead, we put all of our time and resources into talking directly to voters and building the DNC’s biggest-ever grassroots field operation in Virginia.

In New Jersey, we invested six figures to flip the governor’s seat, replacing Republicans Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno with Gov. Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver, the first African-American lieutenant governor in the state’s history.

But that’s not the only history we made in 2017. We did the unthinkable and elected Doug Jones in Alabama when everyone said it would never happen. […]

We invested and won in deep-red districts that Trump carried in 2016. And we saw historic victories for women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates of color — from Joyce Craig in Manchester, to Danica Roem in Virginia, to Vi Lyles in Charlotte.

Even in races where we fell short, we saw massive swings in Democratic support and laid the groundwork for future elections by investing and organizing. In two special House elections, we sent a digital staffer to Montana and deployed dozens of staff and organizers to help Archie Parnell in South Carolina.

All of this progress was made possible by early investments, tireless organizing and our united and unyielding determination to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. In one year, we won more than 100 elections and flipped 37 state legislative seats from red to blue.

Now that we’ve demonstrated our model of success, we’re going to scale it up in 2018.