Win Comes After NARAL Members Threw Their Support Behind Casten
For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
Following tonight’s victory, NARAL Pro-Choice America congratulates Sean Casten. NARAL endorsed Casten, and is proud to see him headed to Congress to fight for women and families.
“At a time when Donald Trump and the anti-choice GOP continue to try and roll back our freedoms, Sean Casten is a beacon of hope and his victory is a sign of change to come,” said NARAL President Ilyse Hogue. “Tonight’s win shows that when candidates stand up for Illinois women and our essential rights—including the right to access abortion—they win.”
“NARAL members were proud to play a big role in this race, pouring their energy into this fight and mobilizing behind Sean’s commitment to our shared values. We are proud to have helped push Sean Casten across the finish line, and look forward to working together to defend and expand reproductive freedom for all.”
NARAL members made over 1.1 million calls to voters in phone banks all across the country, knocked on nearly 350,000 doors, sent almost 2 million pieces of mail, made more than 343,000 text messages, and held postcard parties, debate watch parties, and rallies in dozens of states. NARAL members vote at rate of 90 percent, so much of NARAL’s $5 million election program focused on not only mobilizing our members but expanding the number of pro-choice voters. NARAL’s “Pro-Choice Majority Makers” program included TV and digital advertising, direct mail, and a campaign to educate and engage suburban women voters across the country to help them understand what’s at stake if abortion is criminalized by anti-choice politicians. To read more about NARAL’s endorsed candidates, click here.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”