2018: What We Accomplished

2018 was a huge blue wave election, and the DVC is proud to have played a part. Below is a summary of the election results, and how the DVC harnessed the tremendous power of our progressive and Democratic supporters in the Bay Area.

In 2018, the Democratic Volunteer Center:

  • Held more than 250 phone bank events to get out the vote for Democratic candidates
  • Held more than 50 post card writing events
  • Held 13 text banking events to reach even more voters
  • Held 11 training events for canvassers
  • Organized six precinct walking events for local candidates
  • Threw three Debate and Election watch parties and two special Movie Night screenings of All The President’s Men  and Game Change for our supporters to watch together
  • Hosted 15 fundraising events for Congressional and other candidates
  • Provided space for 59 meetings of partner organizations
  • Used our website to promote 13 special events by other organizations, including canvassing in the Central Valley to help flip Congress
  • Provided space for 19 training events and workshops such as bystander intervention, Spanish for canvassers, Swing Left Academy, and more

2018 Phone Bank Details


DVC volunteers made 134,925 calls (for a total duration of 2399.7 hours) on behalf of 26 campaigns in 15 states.

Our phone bank operations began on February 26th with 12 laptops. We added computers over time as needed, reaching a peak of 80 by the week before the general election.

States contacted by DVC phone bankers, by percentage of total DVC calls:
California: 37%
Kentucky: 19%
Nevada: 9%
Ohio: 8%
Georgia: 6%
Arizona: 6%
Pennsylvania: 3%
Other states: 12%

2018 Campaigns

In 2018 we amplified the voices of our local volunteers to support Democrats across California and across the nation. These are some of the campaigns we supported in 2018:

The DVC also supported the campaigns of Gil Cisneros, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Liz Watson, Amy McGrath, Mike Espy, Dana Balter, Gina Ortiz Jones, Collin Allred, and Dorothy Gasque.

2018 Results: A Huge Blue Wave

August 7th primary and special election results

The analysis is clear: the results of the August 7th primary and special elections in Ohio, Washington, and other states should encourage Democrats across the country. While the possibility of a big blue wave looks strong, we must not be complacent. As the razor-thin margin in OH-12 shows, every single vote is going to matter this November.

Analysis of California’s (and more) June primary results