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Rural Organizing Proves Essential to Democrat Andy Beshear’s Victory in the Kentucky Governor’s Race

Columbus, OH—One year out from the 2020 election — as political pundits highlight the critical role small town and rural voters will play in President Donald Trump’s re-election strategy — Democrat Andy Beshear’s come-from-behind win in the Kentucky Governor’s race proves that smart, inclusive rural organizing must be included in every statewide red state campaign. Ahead of election night, RuralOrganizing.org worked through an independent expenditure to turn out progressive rural voters  in all corners of the state — in 45 precincts and 41 counties — including PikeBullitt, and Knott.

According to Matthew Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org,

Andy Beshear's victory in the Kentucky Governor's race is a huge win for rural progressives in the state and for anyone who cares about rebuilding small towns and rural communities. Our Kentucky team mobilized and worked tirelessly to make sure progressives turned out to vote in small towns and rural communities across the state. During the last month alone, we made over 8,455 phone calls and placed 1,200 yard signs.

We know rural engagement works and cutting Democratic margins in Rural Kentucky was a critical part of Andy Beshear's success. But for us, the Kentucky Governor’s race was just the start. We are taking the lessons we learned in Kentucky and using them to mobilize thousands of rural progressives in critical battleground states across the country. We’re still one year out from the 2020 election and  network of over 150,000 advocates for rural America are fired up and ready to go. Andy Beshear’s victory proves that smart, inclusive rural organizing must be included in every red state campaign. 

Next Monday, RuralOrganizing.org is launching its 2020 nationwide campaign in Iowa. More information can be found here.

The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

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