VoteVets scores big wins in Michigan, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Arizona, and California

In a strong night for Republicans, progressive veterans buck the trend in key races, adding to the count of progressive veterans in Congress 


WASHINGTON, DC –, the largest group of progressive veterans in America, scored key victories last evening, and added to its core group of progressive veterans in Congress, as five of its endorsed candidates joined the House and Senate. 

In Michigan, Navy Veteran Gary Peters won his race for Senate.  In Massachusetts, Iraq War Veteran Seth Moulton scored a hard-fought victory.  In Hawaii, Iraq War veteran Mark Takai also won an extremely competitive seat.  In Arizona, Iraq War Veteran Ruben Gallego was sent to Congress.  Gallego previously had been one of’s “Emerging Leaders” – those veterans running for lower office, who have a bright future.  And in California, Air Force Veteran Ted Lieu comfortably won his race. 

“There is a real lesson to be learned from last night,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of  “What we always have believed, and what proved true last night, is that veterans offer a unique perspective, and are extremely strong, unapologetic messengers for a progressive platform.  Even in an election where conservatives mostly won, these veteran candidates bucked every trend.  We were proud to work extremely hard for them, and help them win.” 

Indeed, VoteVets Action Fund spent heavily in support of three of the candidates – running over $1.4 million in television ads for Moulton, over $360,000 for Takai, and $500,000 for Peters.  Meanwhile, VoteVets PAC, donated the maximum amount allowable to Gallego and Lieu, and raised thousands of dollars for them, online. 

VoteVets previously endorsed, and worked for, Congressmembers Tammy Duckworth, Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Walz, and Senator Jack Reed, all of whom will be in the next Congress. 

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 400,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.



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