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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


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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2020 Candidates


Tom Udall

Candidate Quote: “I think the job of a U.S. Senator is to do what’s right for New Mexico, no matter what. That’s why as Attorney…
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Jeanne Shaheen

Senator Shaheen is committed to fighting for better education, good-paying jobs and higher environmental standards for America. Progressive Credentials: As Governor of New Hampshire, Senator…
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Jeff Merkley

Senator Jeff Merkley has decided not to run for president. Instead of vying for the White House, he will seek a third term in the…
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Eloise Gomez Reyes

The progressive Democrat in the race is Eloise Gomez Reyes, an attorney and community activist who has fought for working families throughout her entire career….
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John Sarbanes

Committed to fighting back against the influence of big money in Washington, Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland introduced the Government By the People Act to…
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Chellie Pingree

“Pingree can work hard. Give her any job — chopping wood, planting a garden, canning vegetables, raising children, rewriting the U.S. Farm Bill.” With that, Maine…
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Ben Ray Luján

Former Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and representing New Mexico’s 3rd District in the House of Representatives since 2009, Ben Ray Lujan is…
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