In the 2018 midterm election, Californians sent a resounding message to the rest of the country. In a sweeping referendum on the Trump administration’s anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ agenda, Californians stepped up to make clear that we stand united against hate and that we will fight for the values that California represents: equality, diversity, and justice.
Claiming wins by flipping key Congressional seats, including NARAL endorsed candidates Katie Hill (CA 25), Gil Cisneros (CA 39), Katie Porter (CA 45), Harley Rouda (CA 48), and Mike Levin (CA 49) — winning critical statewide races, including NARAL endorsed candidates Gavin Newsom for Governor, Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor, Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner, and Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction — and unseating anti-choice incumbents in State Legislative districts to reclaim a pro-choice super majority in the California Legislature, including NARAL endorsed candidates Anna Caballero (SD 12), Tom Umberg (SD 24), Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (AD 16), Christy Smith (AD 38), and Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74) — Californians again demonstrated why we stand as a beacon of progress.
“Trump’s assault on reproductive freedom backfired on him and his out-of-touch allies in Congress as pro-choice Californians flipped a total of six seats to help send a pro-choice wave to Congress and up and down the California ballot,” said Amy Everitt, State Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “NARAL Pro-Choice California has been proud to play a significant role in these races, hosting phonebanks and textbanks, knocking doors, turning out the vote, and mobilizing our members. These victories are monumental wins for Californians, ushering in a new era of progress here at home.”