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In Vid for National Dem Group, Murphy Talks About His First Election (’98)

September 19, 2018 By Staff
In Vid for National Dem Group, Murphy Talks About His First Election (’98)

The junior senator won his first state legislative election in Connecticut by 815 votes. He's talking about that election in his efforts to promote a national liberal group focusing on state legislatures.

On Tuesday, Reclaim Connecticut noted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) would be one of four Senate Democrats eyeing a presidential run that will appear in a video for Sister District, “a Democratic group connecting volunteers to down-ballot campaigns from far away.”

Sister District released that video on Tuesday night, featuring Murphy and his colleagues Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). All four could stage presidential runs in 2020.

“I won my first race for the state legislature by 815 votes,” Murphy says in the new video.

Indeed, Murphy beat Republican Angelo M. Fusco in the 81st General Assembly District race in 1998 by 815 votes. Though it’s a small vote margin in the scope of statewide or national elections, Murphy actually received 55 percent of the vote (4,462 votes to Fusco’s 3,647).

“If you’re feeling frustrated, if you’re feeling down, if you’re feeling that the Trump presidency is just a daily gut punch to you, get involved,” Murphy says at the end of the video.

Sister District is a 527 group that can “raise unlimited funds from individuals, corporations or labor unions,” OpenSecrets says, “but they must register with the IRS and disclose their contributions and expenditures.” The group had raised $775,000 in the 2018 election cycle through July, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Murphy’s involvement in the national effort may signal his interest in a 2020 presidential run. He’s one of several Democratic senators thought to be considering a campaign for the highest office in the land.