31st Street Swing Left
We are a growing group of regular people in the DC, MD and VA area who want to strengthen our democracy and help elect Democrats.
We came together in January, 2017 as 32 people. As of January 30, 2019, we have 393 members.
We target candidates who have a solid chance of winning but who need help, especially early in their campaigns. We call this the "sweet spot." We do not invest in those who are the most likely to win or who would otherwise secure sufficient funding from others. Our group analyzes polls, history of voting in the district, strength of the candidate and opponent and sometimes, how well organized the campaign is.
Though we avoid primaries, if we decide the candidate and district is in a sweet spot, we try to get the candidate early money, or money for specific needs. If the district is not too far off, we canvass. We think our strategy has been very effective.
Read more about our Strategy
Issues: Electoral politics, Flip the House Blue; Elect Democrats to Virginia State Legislature
Activities: Fundraising, Canvassing
Members: 2017: 32 members; 2019: 393 members
★ 2019 Election Plans
Working in: HD-28, HD-83, HD-85, HD-100, HD-66, HD-27, HD-73, HD-10, HD-51, HD-21, HD-76, SD-8, SD-12,
- Win both houses of the VA Legislature
- Support groundwork in NC to help set the
stage for success in 2020
- Target special elections strategically
- Defend the House and take the Senate in 2020
2018 Congressional Elections
Districts worked: VA-02, VA-07, VA-10
In 2018 we raised over $1,024,000 for Congressional and Senate candidates.
We knocked on over 30,000 doors in VA and PA, and hundreds of doors in Michigan and Texas. Of 12 House candidates we supported with more than $25,000 each, 9 were elected.
In 2017 we raised and donated $115,000 for VA state delegate candidates, and our members canvassed for six months throughout VA. We helped flip 15 seats in the VA Legislature from Republican to Democrat.