A State by State Sizzling Hot Season (updated Nov 13)

The crucial Congressional and State races are days away.    Herein lies a succinct list of Democratic Candidates for Senator, Congressional Representative and Governor who need your help in competitive races across our nation.


Navigate to the prior updated posts of  Flipping The House The Battle For The Senate and This Land Is Your Land – The Power of State Elections for more specific details of the races for Governor, Senator and Congressional Representatives.

The Democrats and candidates  not listed below are presently considered Solidly Republican or Solidly Democrat according to the Cook 2018 House Race Ratings updated Oct 30 , Cook 2018 Senate Race Ratings updated Oct 26, and the Cook 2018 Governor Races updated Oct 26. Another political analyst cited was Sabatos Crystal Ball’s  Senate Race Ratings Table  (updated Oct 31), and Gubernatorial Ratings  (updated Oct 31). Lastly, the Five Thirty Eight 2018 House Forecast (updated Nov 1) was also cited.


Attend  fall events for each candidate in your neighborhood, county, and/or state.  Meet the candidate or incumbent and share your concerns.  Their website will provide information on where and when. Each can be found at county fairs, celebrations, and picnics.

Volunteer if a Democratic candidate is local, or within driving distance. This can take the form of phone banking (can be done at home), canvasing, and/or  fundraising. Participate in activities to Get Out The Vote.

Share this list with friends and family living throughout this great nation.   Post this list or blog on any group site you belong to,  and get the word out.

Donate to all or a few crucial House, Senate and Governor races.  Many of us have donated to races outside of our own state. No amount is too small. Find the blank section of the donation section and add your own amount. Remember to make it a one-time donation. A one-time campaign donation might institute a flurry of emails from that candidate.  If you don’t want that, just “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the email to remove your name from their list. 

Positive and Negative Motion 

Many  races have shown marked improvement as a result of your donations and the hard work of volunteers. This means they have moved from being considered a solid or likely Republican district to a Toss Up or became more a Democratic leaning or likely district. Despite this improvement, nothing is definite. It’s important to note that many many races still remain a “toss up” and your participation and/or donation can make a difference.

Negative Motion Updated Oct 12: North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp needs your help now. Her race is leaning Republican as a result of her vote against Kavanaugh.

The Asterisk Key:

*Focus Group I   If you need to limit your time or financial donation, these are the Democratic candidates who can use it.

**Focus Group II  These seats among the likeliest to come into play if there is a surge in Democratic voting. Support if you can. 


The House Race

**Don Young, Alaska (Lone Seat)
Support Democrat Alyse Galvin

The Race For Governor

*Governor Bill Walker (I)
Support Democrat Mark Begich



The Senate Race

Support Democrat Kristen Sinema 

The House Race

* O’Halleran, Ariz. 1
Support Democrat Tom O’Halleran

*Open Ariz. 2
Support Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick

*David Schweikert, Ariz. 6
Support Democrat Anita Malik

The Race For Governor

**Governor Doug Ducey (R)
Support Democrat David Garcia


The House Race

*French Hill, Ark. 2
Support Democrat Clarke Tucker


The House Race

*Tom McClintock, Calif. 4
Support Democrat  Jessica Morse 

*Ami Beri, Calif. 7
Support Democrat Ami Bera

*Jeff  Denham, Calif. 10
Support Democrat Josh Harder

*David Valadao, Calif. 21
Support Democrat TJ Cox

*Steve Knight, Calif. 25
Support Democrat Katie Hill

*Open, Calif. 39
Support Democrat Gil Cisneros

*Mimi Walters, Calif. 45
Support Democrat Katie Porter

*Dana Rohrabacher, Calif. 48
Support Democrat Harley Rouda

*Open, Calif. 49
Support Democrat Mike Levin

*Hunter, Calif. 50
Support Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar 


The House Race

*Scott Tipton, Colo. 3
Support Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush

*Mike Coffman, Colo. 6
Support Democrat Jason Crow

The Race For Governor

*Open (D)
Support Democrat Jared Polis


The Race For Governor

*Open (D)
Support Democrat Ned Lamont


The Senate Race

*Support Democrat Senator Bill Nelson

The House Race

**Open , Fla. 6
Support Democrat Nancy Soderberg

*Murphy Fla.7
Support Democrat Stephanie Murphy

**Open, Fla. 15
Support Democrat Kristen Carlson

**Vern Buchanan, Fla 16
Support Democrat David Shapiro

 *Brian Mast, Fla. 18
Support Democrat Lauren Baer

*Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla. 25
Support Democrat Mary Barzee Flores

*Carlos Curbelo, Fla. 26
Support Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

*Open, Fla. 27
Support Democrat Donna Shalala

The Race For Governor

*Open (R)
Support Democrat Andrew Gillum


The House Race

*Karen Handel, Ga. 6
Support Democrat Lucy McBath

**Rob Woodall, Ga. 7
Support Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux

The Race For Governor

*Open (R)
Support Democrat Stacey Abrams


The House Race

*Peter Roskam, Ill. 6
Support Democrat Sean Casten

*Mike Bost, Ill. 12
Support Democrat Brendan Kelly

*Rodney Davis, Ill. 13
Support Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londriga

*Randy Hultgren, Ill. 14
Support Democrat Lauren Underwood

The Race For Governor

*Governor Bruce Rauner (R)
Support Democrat JB Pritzger


The Senate Race

*Support DemocratSenator Joe Donnely

The House Race

**Jackie Walorski Ind. 2
Support Democrat Mell Hall

*Trey Hollingsworth, Ind. 9
Support Democrat Liz Watson


The House Race

*Rod Blum, Iowa 1
Support Democrat Abby Finkenauer

*David Young, Iowa 3
Support Democrat Cindy Axne

**King, Iowa 4
Support Democrat JD Scholten

The Race For Governor

*Governor Kim Reynolds (R)
Vote for Democrat Fred Hubbell


The House Race

*Open, Kan. 2
Support Democrat Paul Davis

*Kevin Yoder, Kan. 3
Support Democrat Sharice Davids

The Race For Governor

*Governor Jeff Coyler (R)
Support Democrat Laura Kelly


The House Race

*Andy Barr, Ky. 6
Support Democrat Amy McGrath


The House Race

*Bruce Poliquin, Me. 2
Support Democrat Jared Golden

The Race For Governor

*Open (R)
Support Democrat Janet Mills


The Race For Governor

**Governor Larry Hogan (R)
Support Democrat Ben Jealous


The House Race

* Jack Bergman, Mi 1
Support Democrat Matthew Morgan 

**Fred Upton, Mich. 6
Support Democrat Matt Longjohn

*Tim Walberg, Mich. 7
Support Democrat Gretchen Driskell

*Mike Bishop, Mich. 8
Support Democrat Elissa Slotkin

*Open, Mich. 11
Support Democrat Haley Stevens

The Race For Governor

*Open (R)
Support Democrat Gretchen Whitmer


The House Race

*Open, Minn. 1
Support Democrat Dan Feehan

*Jason Lewis, Minn. 2
Support Democrat Angie Craig

*Erik Paulsen, Minn. 3
Support Democrat Dean Phillips

*Peterson, Minn.7
Support Democrat Collin Peterson

*Open, Minn. 8
Support Democrat Joe Radinovich

The Race For Governor

*Open (D)
Support Democrat Tim Walz


The Senate Race

Open (appointed Senator Cindy Hyde Smith)
##,  >>Support Democrat Mike Epsy


The Senate Race

*Support DemocratSenator Claire McCaskill

The House Race

**Ann Wagner, Mo 2
Support Democrat Cort VanOstran


The Senate Race

*Support Democrat Senator John Tester

The House Race

**Greg Gianforte, Mont. 1
Support Democrat Kathleen Williams


The Senate Race

*Incumbent Republican Senator Deb Fisher, Nebraska
Support Democrat Jane Raybould

The House Race

*Don Bacon, Neb. 2
Support Democrat Kara Eastman


The Senate Race

*Incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller
Support Democrat Jacky Rosen

The House Race

*Danny Tarkanian, Nev 3
Support Democrat Susie Lee

*Open, Nev 4
Support Democrat Stephen Horsford

The Race For Governor

*Open (R)
Support Democrat Steve Sisolak

New Hampshire

The House Race

*Open , NH 1
Support Democrat Chris Pappas

The Race For Governor

**Governor Chris Sununu (R)
Support Democrat Molly Kelly

New Jersey

 The House Race

*Open, N.J. 2
Support Democrat Jeff Van Drew

*Tom MacArthur, N.J. 3
Support Democrat Andy Kim

*Gottheimer, N.J. 5
Support Democrat Josh Gottheimer

*Leonard Lance, N.J. 7
Support Democrat Tom Malinowski.  An exceptional candidate representing my family, friends, and colleagues in New Jersey.

*Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J. 11
Support Democrat Mikie Sherrill

New Mexico

 The House Race

* Open, N.M 2
Support Democrat Xochitl Torres Small

The Race For Governor

*Open (R)
Support Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham

New York

The House Race

*Lee Zeldin, N.Y. 1
Support Democrat Perry Gershon

*Peter King, N.Y. 2
Support Democrat Liuba Grechen Shirley An exceptional candidate representing my family and friends of Long Island.

*Dan Donovan, N.Y. 11
Support Democrat Max Rose

*John Faso, N.Y. 19
Support Democrat Antonio Delgado

*Claudia Tenney, N.Y. 22
Support Democrat Anthony Brindisi

*John Katko, N.Y. 24
Support Democrat Dana Balter

*Chris Collins, N.Y. 27
Support Democrat Nate McMurray 

North Carolina

The House Race

**George Holding, N.C. 2
Support Democrat Linda Coleman

*Richard Hudson, N.C. 8
Support Democrat Frank McNeill

*Open, N.C. 9
Support Democrat Dan McCready

*Ted Budd, N.C. 13
Support Democrat Kathy Manning

North Dakota

The Senate Race

*Support Democrat  Senator Heidi Heitkamp


The House Race

*Steve Chabot, Ohio 1
Support Democrat Aftab Pureval

**Michael Turner, Ohio 10
Support Democrat Theresa Gasper

*Pat Tiberi , Ohio 12
Support Democrat Danny O’Connor

**David Joyce, Ohio 14
Support Democrat Betsy Radar

The Race For Governor

*Open (R)
Support Democrat Richard Cordray


The Race For Governor

**Open (R)
Support Democrat Drew Edmonson


The Race For Governor

*Support Incumbent Democratic Governor Kate Brown 


The House Race

**Brian Fitzpatrick, Pa. 1
Support Democrat Scott Wallace

* Vacant, Pa. 5
Support Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon

*Open Pa. 6
Support Democrat Chrissy Houlaham

*Vacant, Pa. 7
Support Democrat Susan Wild

*John Chrin , Pa. 8
Support Democrat Matt Cartwright

# Perry, Pa10
Support Democrat George Scott

** Open, Pa 14
Support Democrat Bibiana Boerio

*Mike Kelly, Pa. 16
Support Democrat Ronald Di Nicola

*Keith Rothfus, Pa 17
Support Democrat Conor Lamb

The Race For Governor

*Support Incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf

Rhode Island

The Race For Governor

*Support Incumbent Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo 

South Carolina

The House Race

**Open, S.C. 1
Support Democrat Joe Cunningham

The Race For Governor

**Governor Henry McMaster (R)
Support Democrat James Smith


The Senate Race

Support Democrat Phil Bredesen

The Race For Governor

**Open (R)
Support Democrat Karl Dean


The Senate Race

Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz, Texas
*Support Democrat Betto O’Rourke

The House Race

**Open, Tex 2
Support Democrat Todd Litton

*John Culberson, Tex. 7
Support Democrat Lizzy Pannill Fletcher

*Lamar Smith, Tex. 21
Support Democrat Joseph Kopser

**Pete Olsen, Tex 22
Support Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni

*Will Hurd, Tex. 23
Support Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones

**Marchant, Tex 24
Support Democrat Jan McDowell

**John Carter, Tex. 31
Support Democrat M.J. Heger

*Pete Sessions, Tex. 32
Support Democrat Collin Allred


The House Race

*Mia Love, Utah 4
Support Democrat Ben McAdams


The House Race

*Scott Taylor, Va. 2
Support Democrat Elaine Luria

**Open, Va. 5
Support Democrat Leslie Cockburn

*Dave Brat, Va. 7
Support Democrat Abigail Spanberger

*Barbara Comstock, Va. 10
Support Democrat Jennifer Wexton


The House Race

*Jaime Herrera Beutler, Wash. 3
Support Democrat Carolyn Long

*Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Wash. 5
Support Democrat Lisa Brown

*Open, Wash. 8
Support Democrat Kim Schrier

West Virginia

The House Race

**Open, W.Va 3
Support Democrat Richard Ojeda


The House Race

**Open, Wis. 1
Support Democrat Randy Bryce

*Glenn Grothman, Wis. 6
Support Democrat Dan Kohl

The Race For Governor

*Governor Scott Walker (R)
Support Democrat Tony Evers

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) recently updated their focus to include the Solidly Democrat Congressional District races of Arizona 9, Colorado 2, Hawaii 1, Illinois 4, Maine 3, Maryland 6, Michigan 9 and 13, Minnesota 5, New Mexico 1, New York 25,  Pennsylvania 4 and Texas 16 and 29.

It will also focus on the Solidly Republican Congressional District races of Alabama 2 and  5, California 1 and 22, Florida 12, Indiana 9,  Maryland 1, Michigan 1, New Jersey 4, New York 21 and 23, Ohio 2, 7 and 15, Pennsylvania 9, 11 and 15,  West Virginia 2, and Wisconsin 7.


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