SKDKnickerbocker Congratulates Clients on Big Democratic Election Wins

Firm’s direct and independent efforts help flip the House and elect new Democratic Governors

WASHINGTON – SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) applauds the many candidates and progressive organizations we had the privilege of working with during the midterm campaign of 2018. While nine House races, two Senate races and two gubernatorial races remain undecided, most notably Andrew Gillum in Florida, many of these victories were instrumental in Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives. We know the newly elected members will be great leaders for their communities and the country.

We have been honored to work with so many women and men who embody the Democratic Party’s values for access to affordable healthcare, good jobs, a healthy environment, social justice and equality for all.

In addition, we are proud to have played a role in electing three new Democratic Governors in Kansas, Connecticut and Wisconsin, three new Democratic Members of Congress, a new Democratic Attorney General in Michigan and helping re-elect Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia. Dana Nessel, Michigan’s new Attorney General, won in a particularly hard-fought race to flip the seat in Michigan.

Our campaign work this cycle included strategy, TV advertising, digital advertising, direct mail, debate preparation and earned media support.  We congratulate the following candidates on their victories and we are honored that SKDK was a part of their success:

U.S. House:

Democrats concluded the most expensive midterms in modern history on the night of Tuesday, November 6, flipping at least 38 Republican-held seats and seizing control of the House for the first time in eight years. We’d like to congratulate our clients who both defended and flipped seats across the country: Josh Harder (CA-10), Katie Hill (CA-25), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Nanette Barragan (CA-44), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Joseph Morelle (NY-25), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Don Beyer (VA-08).

SKDK is proud to have led advertising efforts for Independence USA on behalf of the following candidates, all of whom were critical towards flipping the House: Harley Rouda (CA-48), Mike Levin (CA-49), Jason Crow (CO-06), Donna Shalala (FL-27), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Sharice Davids (KS-03), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Angie Craig (MN-02), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Kendra Horn (OK-05), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Colin Allred (TX-32), Elaine Luria (VA-02), Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Kim Schrier (WA-08).

We’d also like to congratulate the Environmental Defense Action Fund for their victories: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Jason Crow (CO-06), Angie Craig (MN-02), Susie Lee (NV-03), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), and Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07).

We’re also very proud of the work we did on behalf of SEIU and 1199 SEIU to help flip two critical seats in New York: Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22).


Democrats picked up seven Governorships this cycle, the largest gain since 1982, and we were proud to work on behalf of three of those candidates:  Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly (TV advertising), Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont (digital advertising, earned media) and Wisconsin Governor-elect Tony Evers (debate prep).  While Richard Cordray fell just short in Ohio, we’re really proud to have worked on his campaign – he’s truly a remarkable public servant and we know he’ll continue to find meaningful ways to serve.

Mayor Andrew Gillum trails by a razor-thin margin and the race is headed to a recount. Nonetheless, we are proud of the historic campaign he ran and are excited for how bright a future he has in the Democratic Party.


We were pleased with our work for the Senate Majority PAC to help Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) win re-election in a state that President Trump won by 40 points.

While Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN) came up short in one the country’s toughest races in Indiana, we’re grateful to have been a part of his team for the past six years and we thank him for all that he has done for his constituents and the nation.

Attorneys General:

Democrats also picked up an Attorney General seat in Michigan, civil rights attorney Dana Nessel. Nessel won in a particularly hard-fought race to flip the seat.

About SKDKnickerbocker:

SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) is one of the top communications and political consulting firms in the country and brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and labor unions, as well as political committees and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support on how to manage a crisis, protect a brand, advocate an issue or win an election. The influential Holmes Report once again named SKDK as the North America Public Affairs Agency of the Year in 2018, following wins in 2015 and 2016.

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Dominic Hawkins