>> Elissa Slotkin is running for Congress in Michigan's eighth district. She supports gun rights and opposes single-payer healthcare, but she's a Democrat. What's more, she's backed by decidedly Liberal donors, from some of the most progressive places in the country. She's benefiting from an effort called Purple Project based in the San Francisco bay area.
It's a loose knit group of donors looking to back moderate democrats running outside of California. All in effort to help flip the House of Representatives. Reuters Correspondent, Heather Summerville.>> With no San Francisco Bay area, Democrat likely to face a serious challenge from a Republican, in this Fall's midterm elections.
This group of Silicon Valley, technology, and marketing executives, are looking farther afield, way outside of California for middle of the road Democrats that they can support.>> To win the House, Democrats need to take 23 seats from Republicans. So far, the group has endorsed six candidates from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and elsewhere.
>> Purple Project is a political organization, but it has deeply personal roots. Chris Albinson, a technology investor in San Francisco was unnerved when he discovered that his father-in-law, who was in Michigan, voted for Trump. Albinson set about looking for moderate candidates who might be Democrats but could talk to people like his father-in-law, and really relate to Trump voters.
So the first litmus test for candidates that Purple Project has endorsed, such as Elissa Slotkin, is to meet with Chris Albinson's father-in-law, and get the seal of approval.>> She's projected to easily win the democratic nomination in Michigan's August primaries, but Slotkin has an uphill battle in November, when she faces a two-term Republican incumbent.
If she hopes to replicate recent democratic upsets in Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Virginia, she'll need all the help she can get.