Supporters look up at Bernie Sanders during a rally at Reaves Park in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Paxson Haws/The Oklahoman via AP)

Progressive group to spend $50M boosting Sun Belt turnout

September 22, 2019 - 7:06 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Democrats are focused on winning back several Rust Belt states that backed President Donald Trump in 2016. But a progressive group plans to spend $50 million making sure opportunities aren't overlooked in the Sun Belt.

The group, Way to Win, wants to elect Democrats in Georgia, Arizona, and Texas. Florida, Virginia and North Carolina are also targets.

Way to Win aims to make inroads with people of color, women and young people who increasing make up the Democratic electorate.

Group leaders will outline their plans at a donor retreat in Arizona on Monday.

An advance copy of their blueprint provided to The Associated Press details an effort focused less on top-level races than building infrastructure that could help up and down the ballot — and for years to come.

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