EVENT ADVISORY: Winning in Ruby-Red States: Approaches That Yield Election Success

Washington, D.C. — With Democrats racking up wins in gubernatorial races across the nation, the back-to-back wins in Louisiana and Kentucky last month highlighted a shift in the deep-red states that Donald Trump won overwhelmingly in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s rallies and endorsements in these Republican strongholds were no match for Democrats’ consistent message on kitchen-table issues such as health care, education, and jobs, which mobilized waves of voters across all geographies.

In fact, these election results prompted the questions: Should the narrative of unreachable Trump voters be retired? And what lessons can 2020 Democrats take from this success playbook?

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Democratic Governors Association for a discussion about the impact of Democrats’ recent electoral successes in Kentucky and Louisiana, the shifts we’re seeing in conservative states, and lessons on messaging and voter targeting that could have an impact in races up and down the ticket in 2020.

Press are welcome to RSVP by following this link. Not in D.C.? Bookmark this link to watch the live webcast.


Welcoming remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Marshall Cohen, Political Director, Democratic Governors Association

Distinguished guests:
Richard Carbo, Campaign Manager, John Bel Edwards for Governor
Eric Hyers, Campaign Manager, Andy Beshear for Governor
Wendi Wallace, Deputy Executive Director, Democratic Governors Association
Luis Navarro, Electoral Strategist, National Education Association

Navin Nayak, Executive Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund

December 12, 2019
1:30 p.m. ET – 2:30 p.m. ET

Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information, please contact Julia Cusick at or 202-495-3682.