List of Things Progressives Should Do Before Primarying Joe Manchin

After Joe Manchin voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, I heard that there were some calls from people on the left to primary him. Now, I wouldn’t do that. But I cannot 100% control the actions of everyone else.

So, instead, I offer a list of things I think fellow progressives should consider dedicating time, money, and energy towards before trying to knock out Manchin:

via http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/6/1629509/-These-23-Republicans-hold-congressional-districts-that-voted-for-Hillary-Clinton
via http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/6/1629509/-These-23-Republicans-hold-congressional-districts-that-voted-for-Hillary-Clinton
via http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/6/1629657/-These-12-Democrats-hold-congressional-districts-that-voted-for-Donald-Trump
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via http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/07/1630917/-These-40-Republicans-hold-congressional-seats-where-Donald-Trump-took-less-than-50-percent
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via http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/07/1630918/-These-20-Democrats-hold-congressional-seats-where-Hillary-Clinton-took-under-50-percent-of-the-vote
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  • This year(!), take back and retain the governor’s mansions in New Jersey and Virginia, both Clinton states
  • In 2018, take back the open governor’s mansions in the Clinton states of Maine, Nevada, and New Mexico
  • Beat the 5 Republican governors in states Clinton won: Rauner (Illinois), Hogan (Maryland), Baker (Massachusetts), Sununu (New Hampshire), and Scott (Vermont)
  • Defend the one Trump state Democratic governor: Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania)
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via http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/23/1624010/-Virginia-s-House-is-the-most-important-legislature-up-this-year-and-Clinton-won-a-majority-of-seats
via http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/06/1629653/-Daily-Kos-Elections-2016-presidential-results-for-congressional-and-legislative-districts

So, I hope that before progressives hop on a plane to Charleston, they consider that the aforementioned races need attention as well.

Along with the things I put in bold above, there are even more things happening this year. Pay attention to any special elections coming up, especially in Congress and in state legislatures; Georgia’s 6th Congressional district falls into the category of a district that Trump won with under 50% — a huge fall from Romney’s ~23% margin four years earlier.

Happy campaigning, y’all.