We strongly encourage you to join BIPAC and the local business community in each of these races to support the following candidates as the clear favorite to provide a pro-growth, pro-prosperity and jobs-oriented economic climate.
If you have affiliates or employees in these states or districts and would like to join BIPAC's business-driven employee education and GOTV efforts here, please contact Bo Harmon.
Jack Kingston (R- Georgia)
Runoff: July 22
Rep. Jack Kingston in running in the open Senate seat vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R). Kingston is in a runoff with businessman Dave Perdue. Kingston has a solid business record, scoring an 87% average on BIPAC's Prosperity Project voting records, 85% on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's cumulative voting record and 86% on NAM's 112th Congress voting record. He is amassing a large base of support, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and his former primary opponents, former Secretary of State Karen Handel and Rep. Phil Gingrey. Our Georgia state partner, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers strongly supports our endorsement. http://www.jackkingston.org/
James Lankford (R- Oklahoma)
Primary: June 24
Rep. James Lankford is running in the open Senate special election to replace Sen. Coburn (R). He faces a primary with several candidates principally, state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. Lankford scored 100% on BIPAC's 112th Prosperity Project voting record. Lankford also has the support of several leaders of the local business community, including Larry Nichols, Chairman of Devon Energy, Tom Buchanan, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and Doug Cummings, President of Cummings Oil, because of his demonstrated commitment to functional government and support of a long term, stable economic climate. Shannon has been endorsed by Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and a handful of national tea-party organizations. http://jameslankford.com/
Buddy Carter (R- Georgia 1)
Runoff: July 22
State Senator Buddy Carter is running in the open seat vacated by Rep. Jack Kingston (R). Carter is in the runoff with Bob Johnson, a surgeon and Veteran. Buddy, a pharmacist and businessman, has an A+ legislative rating from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Bob Johnson is running as the tea party oriented candidate, and has been endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth. Johnson, known to put his foot in his month, recently said "I'd rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen," referring to TSA screenings. Our Georgia state partner, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers strongly supports our endorsement. http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/
Mike Collins (R- Georgia 10)
Runoff: July 22
Mike Collins is running in the open seat vacated by Rep. Paul Broun (R). Mike Collins came in second place in the primary election and faces a runoff with Baptist Pastor and radio talk show host Jody Hice, who garnered 34% of the vote. Hice, who has been endorsed by the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC and Citizens United Political Victory Fund, has stated a number of positions opposed by local, state and national business organizations. Hice is also the founder and President of Ten Commandments - Georgia, Inc., which describes itself as a "grassroots organization committed to the task of locating, educating, and motivating citizens to acknowledge God through knowing, obeying, and displaying the Ten Commandments." Collins, a businessman, owns and runs a trucking industry and has gained the support of the business community. Our Georgia state partner, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers strongly supports our endorsement. https://www.overhauldc.com/
Alex Mooney (R- West Virginia 2)
General: November 4
Former Maryland State Senator Alex Mooney is running in the West Virginia 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R). The Democratic nominee is Nick Casey, former Chairman of the WV Democratic Party and a major trial attorney in the state. Mooney has garnered the support of the business community in West Virginia based on his service in Maryland as well as the openly adversarial positions adopted by Casey. Mooney has consolidated support from a wide array of Republican groups, including the NRCC Young Guns program and the Senate Conservatives Fund. http://mooneyforcongress.com/
Lee Zeldin (R- New York 1)
Primary Election: June 24
State Senator Lee Zeldin is running in New York's 1st Congressional District against Rep. Tim Bishop (D). In the primary, he faces self-financing right wing candidate George Demos. Zeldin has the support of the state and local business community based on his leadership in the State Legislature where he has chaired the committee that deals with most business issues. In the general election, Zeldin would face Congressman Tim Bishop who scored 13% and 20% on BIPAC's 112th and 111th Voting Records, respectively, and is facing an FBI investigation into influence peddling. Zeldin has a 90% rating from The Business Council of New York State 2012 Voters' Guide and is a member of the NRCC Young Guns program. This is a competitive race, in an R+2 district. Bishop won by 4% in 2012. http://www.zeldinforcongress.com/home
NOTE: BIPAC will continue to endorse candidates as consensus emerges in primary and general elections amongst its members and the local business community in favor of particular candidates.
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