Mitch Stewart Statement on Latest Primary Election Victories by Supporters of Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON - Progressive Coalition for American Jobs (PCAJ) Senior Advisor Mitch Stewart issued the following statement today on the heels of the Washington state primary election wins of U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, and Derek Kilmer. DelBene, Larson, and Kilmer are the latest Democratic Members of Congress to emerge from their primary races unscathed after supporting last year's Trade Promotion Authority legislation. 

"We congratulate Representatives DelBene, Larsen, and Kilmer on their overwhelming primary wins in Washington last night. These results show Washington Democrats trust their representatives to stand up for the issues that matter to them -- higher wages, more jobs, and protecting our environment."

No House Democratic TPA supporter has lost a primary challenge in 2016, and poll after poll has shown rank-and-file Democratic voters strongly support free and fair trade:

  • A July poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that a majority both Clinton and Sanders supporters are in favor of international trade (71 and 67 percent) and the TPP specifically (74 and 56 percent).
  • A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released in July show that 60 percent of Democrats believe free trade is good for the country.
  • A June poll from the Progressive Policy Institute showed that Democratic voters in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Ohio believe that "new high-standard trade deals can help the U.S. economy and support good paying jobs" by a margin of 66 to 25 percent.
  • A Pew poll released in April showed a majority of Bernie Sanders (55/38) and Hillary Clinton (58/31) supporters support free trade.
  • A Gallup poll released in March shows 63 percent of Democrats see foreign trade as an opportunity. 
  • A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted last fall showed Democratic voters support the TPP by a margin of 51-25. 
  • A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from September found that Democrats support more international trade agreements by a 37 percent margin.
  • A Pew poll conducted last September found that 45 percent of Democratic primary voters wanted to expand trade agreements over 19 percent who opposed expansion.
  • A YouGov poll conducted last October found that 52 percent of Democrats support free trade versus 25 percent who did not.
  • A PCAJ poll from last year of Democratic likely voters found that 52 percent of Democrats supported the TPP, rising to 82 percent after hearing how this agreement would benefit the U.S. economy, American workers, human rights, and the environment. 68 percent of those surveyed said they were more likely to vote for a Member of Congress who supports TPP, while 75 percent said TPP would benefit the national economy.


The Progressive Coalition for American Jobs brings together progressives and Democrats committed to leveling the playing field for American workers and building a stronger economy for all of us.

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