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Announcing: Bingo for a Blue Wave

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With corporate donations, voter suppression and polarized misinformation causing outsized influence, U.S. elections can often feel like a rigged game: are we playing Russian Roulette, or dealing out democracy?

This midterm, In These Times invites you to play a real game: Election Night Bingo! , or join us at our Election Watch Party here in Chicago. All are invited to play.

We offer these bingo cards in the understanding that the first victor is not the only victor, for this is not the nature of the political game. If progressives achieve the blue wave they seek, by night’s end we will all be shouting out in unison, bingo, bingo, BINGO!

It will be a national moment like that scene in “Network,” where everyone yells out “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore.” In 2018, we say “BINGO” instead.

Here’s a list of the races and ballot initiatives we’re most excited about:

Ballot Initiatives House/Senate Flips

Democrats take the House. As of this posting, FiveThirtyEight’s election forecast shows Democrats have a 7 in 8 chance of regaining control of the House.

Democrats take the Senate. As of this posting, FiveThirtyEight’s election forecast shows Democrats have only a 1 in 6 chance of regaining control of the Senate.

Historic number of women elected to House. This midterm might bring landmark representation for underrepresented groups including women, people of color and LGBTQ candidates. Women are already responsible for some of the biggest primary upsets, and a historic number of women candidates could also win House seats: 84 women currently hold a position, and 239 women are currently running for House seats.

Congressional Candidates Senatorial Candidates

Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz. 9th) could become Arizona’s first female senator, and the first openly bisexual candidate in the upper chamber.

Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas 16th) might turn Texas blue if he can beat Ted Cruz’s narrow lead for senator. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to state office since 1994. O’Rourke is hoping his leftist platform, which includes universal health care and abortion rights, will appeal to a wider swath of voters in a state that routinely has lower voter turnout than national averages.

Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) has been lagging in the polls in North Dakota, where tens of thousands of indigenous residents are disenfranchised due to a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding a controversial voter ID law. The law prohibits P.O. Boxes from being used as a valid address for voter registration, and many Native Americans do not have any other proof of address.

Gubernatorial Candidates Other candidates to add to your bingo card:

Tony Evers (D-Wis.)

Jess King (D-Pa. 11th)

Diane Mitsch Bush (D-Colo. 3rd)

Andrew Gillum (D-Fla.)

Stacey Abrams (D-Ga.)

Jovanka Beckles (D-Calif.) for Assembly District 15

Randy “Iron Stache” Bryce (D-Wisc. 1st)

Ben Jealous (D-Md.)

Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas 16th)

Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich. 13th)

Sharice Davids (D-Kan. 3rd)

Ammar Campa-Najjar (D-Calif. 50th)

Jacky Rosen (D-Nev. 3rd)

Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz. 9th)

Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Ilhan Omar (D-Minn. 5th)

Richard Ojeda (D-W.Va.)

Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

J.D. Scholten (D-Iowa)

Nate McMurray (D-N.Y.)

Julia Salazar (D-N.Y. 18th)

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.)

Jared Polis (D-Colo. 2nd)

Richard Cordray (D-Ohio)

Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.)

Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Steve Sisolak (D-Nev.)

Summer Lee (D-Pa.)

Sara Innamorato (D-Pa. 21st)

Fred Hubbell (D-Iowa)

Cindy Axne (D-Iowa 3rd)

Fred Wooden (D-Mich. 3rd)

Ellen Lipton (D-Mich. 9th)

Mallory Hagan (D-Ala. 3rd)

Lee Auman (D-Ala. 4th)

Danner Kline (D-Ala. 6th)

Jade Bahr (D-Mont. 50th)

Amelia Marquez (D-Mont. 52nd)

Vaughn Stewart (D-Md. 19th)

Kristin Seale (D-Pa. 168th)

Gabriel Acevero (D-Md. 39th)

Chloe Maxmin (D-Maine 88th)

Deb Haaland (D-N.M. 1st)

JB Pritzker (D-Ill.)

Kwame Raoul (D-Ill.)

Fritz Kaegi (D-Ill.)

Lauren Underwood (D-Ill. 14th)

Amelia Diehl

Amelia Diehl is a Fall 2018 Editorial Intern at In These Times.

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