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Repub­li­cans and Democrats are com­pet­ing for the fickle af­fec­tions of vot­ers in the crit­i­cal midterm elec­tions. Both are fierce.

“The party is iden­ti­fy­ing our likely vot­ers, our per­suad­able vot­ers, and then build­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion as to how we’re go­ing to turn them out. So this gives us an ad­van­tage over the Democrats,” says Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel, who notes that the GOP has raised an un­prece­dented $171 mil­lion, made “hun­dreds of mil­lions” of voter sur­vey calls and has a pre­cisely cal­i­brated ground game na­tion­wide.

Ag­gres­sive pro­gres­sives also are fired up, pre­dict­ing that a “pro­gres­sive tsunami” will guar­an­tee them vic­tory in Novem­ber.

“In the last elec­tion, there were over 224 mil­lion Amer­i­can cit­i­zens over the age of 18 in the United States, and yet only around 157 mil­lion were reg­is­tered to vote. Even fewer ac­tu­ally voted,” points out the non­profit San­ders In­sti­tute, a pro­gres­sive pol­icy group founded by Jane San­ders — wife of Sen. Bernie San­ders.

The group did the math and says there are now 67 mil­lion peo­ple who are not reg­is­tered to vote.

“Be­cause of un­fair, out­dated or just plain stupid vot­ing rules and prac­tices, mil­lions of cit­i­zens each year go un­counted, un­heard and un­rep­re­sented,” for­mer Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner says in an emo­tional video for the afore­men­tioned In­sti­tute — part of a se­ries recorded on the Na­tional Mall with the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment in the back­ground.

The pro­gres­sive strat­egy ap­pears to be this: seek out those who feel dis­en­fran­chised by the sys­tem in the same way the Trump cam­paign pur­sued mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who felt left out or over­looked in 2016.

“Democ­racy is not de­fined by al­low­ing only those who can fig­ure out how to nav­i­gate a com­pli­cated sys­tem to vote. Democ­racy is de­fined by al­low­ing the whole el­i­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion to have a say in the gov­ern­ment,” the in­sti­tute said.

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