It is a big day for the nation’s Democratic party after Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore for the vacant Senate seat in Alabama. Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb is celebrating that victory.
Kleeb says, “The only reason Doug Jones won last night is because Democrats put in a significant amount of investment in grass roots outreach and worked hand-in-hand with allies like the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU on turning out voters who normally don’t have a lot of confidence in the candidates the Democrats put up.” Jones win was fueled by African Americans, women, moderates and a large percentage of those under age 45.
Kleeb says we’ve seen that in Nebraska as well. She says Democratic voters haven’t been turning out at the polls as they should because they lack confidence in the candidates. Kleeb says her goal is to turn that around.
All-in-all, Kleeb says the Democrats continue to gain ground and have had good results in Virginia, New Jersey and now Alabama. Those are good signs for a positive 2018 for Nebraska Democrats.