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Today’s the first day of a week-long Blue America contest, I’d like to invite you to participate in.

Some of our candidates have been endorsed by the DCCC’s Red to Blue program, which makes it easier for them to access institutional Democratic money– big donors, labor unions, single-issue groups, incumbents, etc. And some haven’t.

Blue America wants to spotlight nine of our House endorsees this week who may eventually wind up in the program but who need campaign cash to compete effectively now. These are the nine:

Sam Bennett (PA-15) – Lehigh Valley

Debbie Cook (CA-46) – Orange County

Larry Joe Doherty (TX-10) – northern Austin to Brenham and Katy

Alan Grayson (FL-08) – Orlando

Jared Polis (CO-02) – Boulder and Westminster out to Eagle County

Dennis Shulman (NJ-05) – northern New Jersey from Bergen and Passaic around to Warren County

Annette Taddeo (FL-18) – Miami-Dade from Miami Beach and Coral Gables down to Key West

Russ Warner (CA-26) – northeast L.A. suburbans from Rancho Cucamonga to Arcadia

Barry Welsh (IN-06) – east central Indiana centered on Muncie

We’re counting votes at a just launched new ActBlue contest page. Whether you donate a dollar or $20 or $2,000 to the candidate of your choice, it counts as one vote– although you can certainly vote for as many candidates as you’d like. The candidate who gets the most votes gets a $5,000 Blue America check.

The winner will be announced on Saturday, September 6th. Vote!