Red to the Roots spin: GOP sees success; Democrats failure

Here are opposing news release interpretations of the Tennessee Republican Party’s “Red to the Roots” effort to elect more Republicans to local offices — the GOP version followed by the Democratic party’s version.

News release from Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tennessee is officially red to the roots.

Across the Volunteer State last night, Republican leaders were elected to numerous positions at the county and judicial levels thanks to the help of the Tennessee Republican Party’s Red to the Roots program.

Designed to be an intensive on-the-ground effort that matched campaign infrastructure with volunteers from around the state to help local candidates, Red to the Roots exceeded expectations. The program essentially allowed county and judicial candidates to have access to the same benefits Republican nominees for federal or legislative positions typically receive from the Tennessee Republican Party. In most places, this meant Republican campaigns were able to overwhelm their opponents in the mailbox, inbox, and voicemail leading to a historic wave of victories around the state.

“Early last summer, I sat down with my staff to develop a plan that would broaden the base of the Republican Party in Tennessee,” recounted Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “We found that a unique opportunity was coming up in 2014 — county and judicial elections that only take place once every eight years. So we developed Red to the Roots, an effort designed to mirror the Republican National Committee’s ground game. We put in place a strong field team armed with mobile VOIP systems, micro-targeting data, and an army of volunteers. Last night, our concept proved to be phenomenally successful.”

Some highlights of the Red to the Roots program include:

– Over 765,000 voter contacts made with the program through calls and door knocks.

– Over 270,000 mailings on behalf of Republican nominees in Tennessee, saving $40,500 for the TNGOP.

– Because of this, priority races were won across the state including 15 of the Party’s top 20 races.

– The Republican base was expanded in crucial areas such as Shelby, Davidson, and Knox Counties for the November election.

Devaney continued, “None of this would have been possible without the incredible candidates who came forward to serve in their communities and the committed group of volunteers who backed them. All these individuals played a crucial part in the success we witnessed.”

“Because of these efforts, we likely elected more Republicans to office with one coordinated statewide effort last night than we ever have before. Not only did we elect the next generation of Republican leaders, we took out the next generation of Democratic opponents. If there was ever any doubt, it was put to rest last night: Tennessee is firmly red to the roots,” he concluded.

The Party will be releasing additional statistics in the coming weeks detailing the breadth and depth of the Red to the Roots success.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tennessee is officially red to the roots.

Across the Volunteer State last night, Republican leaders were elected to numerous positions at the county and judicial levels thanks to the help of the Tennessee Republican Party’s Red to the Roots program.

Designed to be an intensive on-the-ground effort that matched campaign infrastructure with volunteers from around the state to help local candidates, Red to the Roots exceeded expectations. The program essentially allowed county and judicial candidates to have access to the same benefits Republican nominees for federal or legislative positions typically receive from the Tennessee Republican Party. In most places, this meant Republican campaigns were able to overwhelm their opponents in the mailbox, inbox, and voicemail leading to a historic wave of victories around the state.

“Early last summer, I sat down with my staff to develop a plan that would broaden the base of the Republican Party in Tennessee,” recounted Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “We found that a unique opportunity was coming up in 2014 — county and judicial elections that only take place once every eight years. So we developed Red to the Roots, an effort designed to mirror the Republican National Committee’s ground game. We put in place a strong field team armed with mobile VOIP systems, micro-targeting data, and an army of volunteers. Last night, our concept proved to be phenomenally successful.”

Some highlights of the Red to the Roots program include:

– Over 765,000 voter contacts made with the program through calls and door knocks.

– Over 270,000 mailings on behalf of Republican nominees in Tennessee, saving $40,500 for the TNGOP.

– Because of this, priority races were won across the state including 15 of the Party’s top 20 races.

– The Republican base was expanded in crucial areas such as Shelby, Davidson, and Knox Counties for the November election.

Devaney continued, “None of this would have been possible without the incredible candidates who came forward to serve in their communities and the committed group of volunteers who backed them. All these individuals played a crucial part in the success we witnessed.”

“Because of these efforts, we likely elected more Republicans to office with one coordinated statewide effort last night than we ever have before. Not only did we elect the next generation of Republican leaders, we took out the next generation of Democratic opponents. If there was ever any doubt, it was put to rest last night: Tennessee is firmly red to the roots,” he concluded.

The Party will be releasing additional statistics in the coming weeks detailing the breadth and depth of the Red to the Roots success.

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party:
Radical Republicans’ losses throughout Tennessee have opened doors for Democrats in November.

The Tennessee GOP has long held truth and reality in contempt, and Ron Ramsey’s reckless ploy to undermine the independence of our judiciary with hundreds of thousands of dollars in misleading attack ads was just the latest and most offensive example of this contempt. Tennesseans saw through the distortions and outright lies being pushed by the Lieutenant Governor, and a bipartisan majority voted to retain our eminently qualified Supreme Court justices.

Despite a slate of cherry-picked candidates, nearly half of the non-incumbents in the Republican Red to the Roots program managed to lose their general election race, and of the latest non-incumbent additions to the class, three out of four lost. Voters sent a clear message that the radical Tea Party Republican agenda has no place in Tennessee.

Democratic candidates up and down the ballot will continue to take the fight to Tea Party Republicans and continue to make plain that Tennessee values are Democratic values. Democrats’ continued successes will lay the foundation for this November and beyond.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron made the following statement on the results of the August 7th elections:

“Yesterday’s election results show that Tennessee is a state that supports common sense values and rejects right-wing extremism.”