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2012 Candidates


Committed to supporting genuinely progressive Democrats, 21st Century Democrats proudly endorsed the following 2012 candidates for their commitment to the progressive values that will improve the quality of life for all Americans.

2012 Endorsements


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Martin Heinrich

Race Outcome – Won:    According to independent polls, Democratic Representative Martin Heinrich has a good lead over opponent Heather Wilson in the race to replace…
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Dan Maffei

Race Outcome – Won:    Missourian Todd Akin’s views on “legitimate rape” took center stage in the New York 24th District rematch between Tea Party Republican Ann…
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Elizabeth Warren

Race Outcome – Won:    In 2010, Tea Party momentum won Republican Scott Brown the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Two years later,…
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Rick Nolan

Race Outcome – Won:    When Rick Nolan represented Minnesota’s 6th District for three terms, former Representative Jim Oberstar called him “the conscience of the Congress.” While…
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Bob Filner

Race Outcome – Won:    Retiring from the U.S. House to run for the Office of Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner has a chance to wrest…
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Betty Sutton

Race Outcome – Defeated:    In a bit of redistricting chaos, two incumbents are battling it out for Ohio’s 16th District, Democrat Betty Sutton and Republican Jim…
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Steve Bullock

Race Outcome – Won:    Fresh off of leading 26 states in the fight against Citizens United, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock faces GOP Representative Rick Hill in the…
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Carol Shea-Porter

Race Outcome – Won:    In New Hampshire’s 1st District, Carol Shea-Porter may have picked up momentum recently in her rematch with Tea Party Representative Frank Guinta,…
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Alan Grayson

Race Outcome – Won:    Known for his pull-no-punches style when he represented Florida’s District 9 in the U.S. House, Former Representative Alan Grayson’s return to the campaign trail…
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Kirsten Gillibrand

Race Outcome – Won:    Kirsten Gillibrand staying in the U.S. Senate is critical for keeping the Senate in Democrats’ hands. A rising star in the Democratic…
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Sherrod Brown

Race Outcome – Won:    Sherrod Brown’s long record of fighting for collective bargaining rights for working Americans and against corporate tax loopholes that help companies ship jobs…
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Jon Tester

Race Outcome – Won:    While Jon Tester’s opponent actually caucuses with the Tea Party in Congress, Tester’s real opponents this year are the Koch brothers and…
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2014 Endorsements


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Mark Udall

Eight months from Election Day, the Koch brothers launched a $1 million attack ad campaign against Senator Mark Udall in an initial round of ads…
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Andrew Romanoff

Democrat Andrew Romanoff has taken on Tea Party Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th District, and analysts rate the race as a toss up. Coffman…
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Wendy Davis

“I stand with Wendy Davis” became a rallying cry for progressives across the country inspired by the Texas state senator’s 13-hour filibuster and protest against…
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Bruce Braley

Soon after 21st Century Democrats co-founder Tom Harkin announced he wouldn’t run for a sixth term as a U.S. senator representing Iowa, he threw his…
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Al Franken

Al Franken won his first term to the U.S. Senate in 2009 after a drawn-out recount that gave him the win by only 312 votes….
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Sheila Simon

Running for comptroller in Illinois, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon promises not just accounting, but accountability. In a state notorious for its political scandals, Simon offers…
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Jeff Merkley

Before Jeff Merkley won his first term as a U.S. senator, he led the Oregon state legislature, where he had a reputation for getting things done….
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