The Downballot: Why more women than ever are running for office (transcript)

The Downballot: Why more women than ever are running for office (transcript)

EMILYs List has been devoted to electing pro-choice Democratic women for 40 years, a mission that’s grown only more critical since the fall of Roe. Joining us on this week’s episode of “The Downballot” is Christina Reynolds, one of EMILYs’ top officials, to tell us about how her organization recruits, supports, and advises women candidates at all levels of the ballot nationwide. Reynolds explains the unique challenges women face, from a lack of fundraising networks to judgments about their qualifications that never seem to stick to men. She tells us how Dobbs has—and hasn’t—changed campaigning for EMILYs’ endorsees and spotlights a wide range of key races the group is involved in this year.

Co-hosts David Nir and David Beard also discuss the rollout of the DCCC’s first “Red to Blue” list this year, highlighting the most promising Democratic pickup opportunities in the House. While the D-Trip is focused on general elections, the Davids explain why the committee has no choice but to get involved in a California primary thanks to the state’s verkakte election rules. And finally, they tear into the Tennessee GOP for a ridiculous set of rule changes designed solely to protect a scandal-plagued incumbent—changes that will probably bite them in the ass before long.

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