Great news: 100% of the WSNA-PAC endorsed candidates won their elections this year.
Voter turnout as currently reported was very low statewide with 23.74% turnout. Information regarding voter turnout among WSNA nurses is not yet available; however, we are historically higher than the average.
Exit polls, according to a report from AFT president Randi Weingarten today, indicate that turnout issues that propelled voters to the polls were the attacks on health care and gun violence. AFT also reported that women and millennial voters turned out in droves nationwide.
WSNA-PAC Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts included the “communication sandwich” in the 45th legislative district, where the race was anticipated to be close and where WSNA nurses voting patterns reflect that of the district – swing voters. In other districts WSNA-PAC mailed post cards.
In all GOTV efforts, WSNA-PAC focused on high-quality interactions, making live phone calls and sending hand-written post cards rather than robo calls and pre-printed messages, as many other campaigns use. Over 900 nurses received personalized messages from other nurses. Additionally, this year, the photos on the post cards featured nurses who lived in the corresponding districts where we endorsed, standing alongside the endorsed candidates and featuring the message “WSNA Nurses stand with Manka Dhingra” (or whoever the respective candidate was.) Additionally, social media was utilized with timely and effective Facebook posts.
Additionally, this year WSNA ran a phone bank in the 45th district where nurses called all the WSNA nurses who live in the district. Calls were also made the night before general elections.
Here are the general election results of our legislative races, with our endorsed candidates are marked with a star.
|Race||Candidate||Party||Votes||% of Total Votes|
|Legislative District 7 - State Senator||Shelly Short||R||17236||68.24|
|Legislative District 7 - State Senator||Karen Hardy||D||8023||31.76|
|Legislative District 7 - State Representative Pos. 1||Jacquelin Maycumber||R||16963||67.41|
|Legislative District 7 - State Representative Pos. 1||Susan Swanson||D||8200||32.59|
|Legislative District 31 - State Senator||* Phil Fortunato||R||10450||57.12|
|Legislative District 31 - State Senator||Michelle Rylands||D||7846||42.88|
|Legislative District 31 - State Representative Pos. 2||Morgan Irwin||R||10336||57.36|
|Legislative District 31 - State Representative Pos. 2||Nate Lowry||D||7683||42.64|
|Legislative District 37 - State Senator||* Rebecca Saldana (unopposed)||D||16580||100|
|Legislative District 45 - State Senator||* Manka Dhingra||D||17112||55.45|
|Legislative District 45 - State Senator||Jinyoung Lee Englund||R||13749||44.55|
|Legislative District 48 - State Senator||* Patty Kuderer||D||13243||68.53|
|Legislative District 48 - State Senator||Michelle Darnell||L||6082||31.47|
|Legislative District 48 - State Representative Pos. 1||* Vandana Slatter||D||13908||73.39|
|Legislative District 48 - State Representative Pos. 1||Ciaran Dougherty||L||5043||26.61|