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Darcy Burner concedes in WA-08

On Friday, the Associated Press called the race in Washington's 8th Congressional District for incumbent Representative Dave Reichert. With 81 percent of the votes counted, Reichert leads Burner 52 to 48 percent.

We had supported Darcy Burner's challenge in this race. She conceded to Reichert late Friday night. Ms. Burner ran a great race and we are proud that we backed her principled and strong run.

Tom Perriello declares victory in VA-05

Tom Perriello has declared victory in a ridiculously tight race in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. Long thought a hard seat to win from incumbent Virgil Goode, Perriello succeeded with a razor thin margin. You may remember Goode as the Congressman who railed against Muslims in general and Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) in particular in 2006 and 2007. His vitriol alienated voters across the country who sought a new way in the 2008 elections. Looking solely at Global Solutions issues, Goode received two F's and two D-'s over the last four years. Not the kind of Representative we'd like to see in this seat that run from Charlottesville south to the North Carolina border.

Tom Perriello could be our poster child for an ideal challenger. He fully supports our issues, including funding the UN, addressing climate change, working with the ICC, supporting UNEPS and opposing new nuclear weapons. His background is ideal, having worked in Sierra Leone with child soldiers, pro-democracy groups, and aided in the post-civil war peace and reconciliation process. He also served as special advisor and spokesman for the prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Perriello pulled together an amazing campaign with volunteers throughout the district and strong fundraising. Global Solutions had backed candidates in this district in the past two election cycles, but our candidates hadn't come close to beating Goode. This time around, a great globally-minded candidate who we backed from the beginning, took on an anti-internationalist Goliath and appears to have won.

The race is still very close and once it is certified in the coming weeks, a recount could be asked for by the loser. We'll keep you updated on this very important race for GlobalSolutions.org.

Local and National Media call NY-29 for Massa

Local and national media have called the race in upstate New York's 29th District. It was a rematch of the 2006 race where Congressman Randy Kuhl defeated Eric Massa by a few thousand votes. The day after the 2008 election, as votes were tallied, Massa took a strong several thousand vote lead. Currently, absentee and provisional ballots are being tallied, but based on the counted ballots and the results from 2006, it looks like Massa's lead will hold.

Why We're Happy About Our New Members of Congress

Following up on our enormously successful wins in 2006, GlobalSolutions.org continues to help elect candidates to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who care about engaging the world, tackling climate change, funding and working with international organizations, supporting peacekeeping and stopping the development of new nuclear weapons. While the dust hasn't settled yet on some of the races, we are very excited about our new Members of Congress. This is even more true due to who they're going to replace.

  • In Colorado, Senator Wayne Allard retired, but not before getting F's on our Congressional Report Card for the last 3 years. Senator-elect Mark Udall got an A+, A and an A during his tenure as the Representative from Colorado's 2nd District.
  • In New Mexico, Senator Pete Domenici also retired, leaving a legacy of D's and a C. He's being replaced by Senator-elect Tom Udall, who like his cousin in Colorado also received an A+, A and A over the last three years.
  • In New Hampshire, Senator John Sununu didn't retire. He lost to Senator-elect Jeanne Shaheen. Senator Sununu grades before his tight re-election race this year were: F, D and D-. Based on Shaheen's candidate questionnaire and talking with her campaign, we believe she'll be a great Senator for Global Solutions.
  • In the House, Chellie Pingree replaces Tom Allen, who left his seat to run for the U.S. Senate. We believe his record of A's will continue with Congresswoman-elect Pingree.
  • In Virginia's 11th District, Rep. Tom Davis retired. His grade of D+ will surely be replaced by a much better one from Congressman-elect Gerry Connolly.

We really want to thank our members for all they've done to make this success happen. Through their time, phone calls, contributions and local action, we're able to continue building a globalist majority in Congress! Thank you!

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

U.S. Government Knows, Human Trafficking Is Not an Issue of the Past

Although many of us may think of human trafficking as a problem of the past, even today destinies of millions of people all around the world are affected by forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced prostitution or pornography. Not only people in the Third World, but also Americans and citizens from other developed countries are still, unfortunately, encountering victims of so called modern-day slavery.

Global Solutions PAC results at-a-glance

While Election Day has officially passed, there are still races undecided. But, rather than wait for all the dust to settle on the 2008 election cycle, we'd like to get out some statistics about how our political action committee, Global Solutions PAC, did. These are preliminary and they'll be updated as more information comes in.

  • 182: Candidates endorsed
  • 39: Number of states where we endorsed
  • 31: Challengers endorsed
  • 45: Candidates where we contributed
  • 43: Candidate questionnaires returned
  • 154: Wins so far!
  • 20: Losses so far
  • 89%: Win rate so far

New Senators we supported:

  • Mark Udall (Colorado)
  • Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
  • Tom Udall (New Mexico)
  • Jeff Merkley (Oregon)

New Representatives:

  • Chellie Pingree (Maine's 1st District)
  • Martin Heinrich (New Mexico's 1st District)
  • Gerry Connolly (Virginia's 11th District)

We have more races pending, including one that most have already called in New York's 29th District. That's the win of our challenger Eric Massa over incumbent Randy Kuhl. Mr. Massa hasn't declared victory yet; wanting to have every vote counted and each voice heard before accepting victory. We applaud Eric's conviction and hope the result holds!

Merkley Overcomes Smith in Oregon Senate Race

Jeff Merkley's win over Gordon Smith in Oregon is a great win for GlobalSolutions.org too. We endorsed and contributed to Jeff very early, back in 2007, before his primary. Global Solutions PAC contributed $7000 to his campaigns, more than any other candidate this cycle. Why? Because he is someone who believes in our issues and we believed he could overcome an entrenched incumbent.

We are excited to see a globally-minded individual like Jeff coming to Washington. Jeff Merkley is a seasoned state representative, having won his seat five times. After the 2006 elections, he became Speaker of the Oregon House and he has been called one of the most effective Speakers in decades. Prior to his career in the Oregon House, he worked to limit the spread of nuclear weapons as an analyst for the Pentagon and then later for Congress.

Jeff Merkley said the "U.S. needs to work closely with other nations to address the world's most pressing problems." He said it's time "to show leadership in supporting international institutions." He opposed developing new nuclear weapons and supported the nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

His opponent appeared to be the exact opposite. Sen. Smith voted against an amendment to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and has voted since 2005 for the U.S. to develop new nuclear weapons. He was against funding U.N. peacekeeping from 2005 through 2007.

Jeff Merkley wants to work with international organizations. He wants to tackle climate change. He opposes new nuclear weapons. He wants the U.S. to work with the International Criminal Court. He supports the U.N. Emergency Peace Service initiative. He is our kind of Senator. We are looking forward to greeting him at his swearing in ceremony in January.

McNerney easily defends his seat in California

Jerry McNerney, another Freshman member of Global Solutions' Class of 2006, fought back a challenger from Dean Andal to win in California's 11th District. In what was thought to be a tight race before the election, McNerney easily defeated Andal 55 to 45 percent.

Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) returning for a second term

Freshman Gabrielle Giffords, from Arizona's 8th District, won a resounding victory against challenger Tim Bee. Congresswoman Giffords was a member of Global Solutions Class of 2006 and we have been very proud of the work she's done in the 110th Congress. She received an A on our Congressional Report Card and holds a seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.