Post Election Victory Report
From Resistance to Victory
After 4 years of profound harm we have ejected the criminal Donald Trump from the White House. With the incredible support of our movement allies, our comrades in the labor and immigrant justice movements, and individual donors from 48 states as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, CASA in Action deployed our largest ever single-cycle election program, executing a $2.1 million dollar campaign across Virginia and Pennsylvania. Our goals were simple: mobilize Latinx and Black voters to raise their voices and elect leaders who are committed to racial, social, economic, and immigrant justice.
In Pennsylvania, victory required mobilizing immigrant, working class, Black and the thousands of new Puerto Rican residents of the Commonwealth who settled in our turf following Hurricane Maria in 2018. In Virginia, our 2019 work helped open a new chapter of progressive dominance in state governance and in 2020 we began the work of deepening and strengthening our progressive majority through an explosion of new Black and brown voices coming into their power, all with the help of our allies at the Working Families Party.
But winning these elections is just the beginning. Now our members look ahead to the new frontiers for justice made possible by this hard work, and to critical races in Georgia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania right around the corner. But before we look ahead, we look back at what made this incredible victory possible…
The Story of A People-Powered Win
CASA in Action’s political programming is centered around the struggle for justice for Black, brown, and immigrant communities. In Virginia, a team of Hampton Roads and outer NOVA canvassers dug deep to move voters this year with an eye to statewide elections in 2021. President-elect Joe Biden won because of the millions of Black, Indigenous, Latino, and Asian American and Pacific Islander voters who turned out in record numbers to choose a future where we all can thrive.
CASA in Action mobilized 1.2 million voters in Pennsylvania and Virginia. A few highlights we’re celebrating include:
Making 661,000 calls,
knocking on 52,000 voter doors
and sending 525,000 texts.
Running targeted digital ads on five Spanish-language radio stations in Pennsylvania
for a total reach of 1,404,244.
Our campaign was financially supported by over 3000 donors from across the nation!
We had donations from 48 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
The election of Joe Biden as the next President and Kamala Harris as the first woman, first Black, first Asian American, and next Vice President is thanks to the dedication, courage, and tireless work of our communities. It was our grassroots organizing that won us this election and will lead us into the future our country needs.
CASA in Action Executive Director
Since January, CASA in Action’s PA field team of 70 full time canvassers conducted conversations with voters throughout our core turf both in person and on the phones, and through texts and relational organizing tools.
Jazmine Cheeseman, a life-long resident of Hampton and CASA canvasser hit the doors relentlessly with a simple and powerful message, “This election is important because of my four-year old Ashli, and the importance of making a change. Right now, the main thing is not knowing what we are doing about the coronavirus with kids. I want someone in the White House looking out for these children.”
Victory by the Numbers
Pennsylvania and Virginia voted in greater numbers for Biden than they did for Clinton in 2016, but in every county where CASA in Action worked this cycle, the overall D vote share shifted by a larger margin than the state average. Bottom line? CASA in Action and Latinx voters drove the change that delivered Pennsylvania for Joe Biden.
Turnout by CASA in Action County
Voter Contact Rates by Modality
*Statewide contact totals for PA are larger than the sum of county totals because they also include calls and texts to other PA Latinx voters outside of our primary turf, most notably including outreach to over 63k Latinx Philadelphia voters.