NH: Former MA Senator Scott Brown won the Republican nomination with 50% of the vote. He is challenging Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) in November.
MA-06: Rep. John Tierney was defeated by Iraq War veteran and political newcomer Seth Moulton in Tuesday's primary. Moulton received 51% of the vote, Tierney, 40%. Scandal plagued Tierney, who faced his most competitive primary yet, barely won his 2012 re-election, winning by one point when President Obama carried the district by 11. Moulton now faces 2012 Republican nominee and BIPAC Action Fund endorsed former state Sen. Richard Tisei (R), one of the two openly gay Republicans running in 2014, who is known for his bipartisanship and working across the aisle.
NH-01: Former Mayor of Manchester and Rep. Frank Guinta won the Republican primary with 49% of the vote, with former UNH Business School Dean Dan Innis receiving 41%. Guinta previously won the seat in 2010 and was defeated in 2012 by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D). They will face off again in November, in what is expected to be another competitive year for the district.
NH-02: State Rep. Marilinda Garcia won the Republican nomination with 50% of the vote. Garcia, who gained the support of the more conservative wing of the party, defeated former state Senator Gary Lambert. Republicans are excited about Marilinda, a 31 year old Hispanic woman, who has gained support across the Republican spectrum. While she has Tea Party support, she is also appealing to the business community. Rep. Ann Kuster (D) has the advantage in this race, but it is not one to count out.
BIPAC Action Fund Endorsements
Primary season is in the rearview and we are now only 55 days away from the general election. This next round of candidate endorsements, one Senate race and six House races, focus on key races that we expect to be competitive in November where one candidate is the preferred choice of the business community. If your PAC and senior leadership has not taken a side in these races, we would strongly encourage you to do so.
Mike McFadden (R- Minnesota): Businessman Mike McFadden is running to unseat Sen. Al Franken (D). Franken who has developed a workmanlike approach to service in the Senate, has not been particularly friendly to business, scoring only 20% on BIPAC's 112th Voting Record. First elected in 2008 by only a few hundred votes, Franken has often even voted against home state employer interests but has proven to be a prolific fundraiser and is running an aggressive campaign. Mike McFadden's background is largely financial services and he is currently on a leave of absence from his role of co-CEO at Lazard Middle Market and has the support of the local Minnesota business community. A Tim Pawlenty style campaigner, McFadden has also been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Average polling has Franken leading by about 8 points but Obama is surprisingly unpopular in the state and Franken has continued to remain below 50% in his reelection numbers, a dangerous place for an incumbent with less than two months to go. www.mikemcfadden.com
Chris Gibson (R- NY 19): Congressman Gibson faces a general election challenge from investor Sean Eldridge (D). Gibson scored a 91% on BIPAC's 112th Congress scorecard and has been a reliable vote for the business community. A pragmatic Congressman and combat veteran, Gibson focuses primarily on fiscal and national security issues. This is a crossover district won by Obama in 2012. Eldridge, whose husband was a co-founder of Facebook, has generally self-funded his campaign and while he talks about working across the aisle, advocates issues that are among the most partisan and divisive and consistently opposed to business priorities. www.chrisgibsonforcongress.com
Dan Logue (R-CA 3): Assemblyman Dan Logue is running against Congressman John Garamendi (D) in the 3rd district. Logue was previously a county supervisor and business owner and one of the most intriguing candidates of the cycle. He has a perfect rating from NFIB and the California Chamber of Commerce, and is an active advocate for solutions oriented government. Garamendi, conversely, scored 4% on BIPAC's in the 112th Congress voting record and has demonstrated little interest in creating consensus solutions. Logue is a reformer at heart and has a history of very strong constituent advocacy and building bipartisan coalitions to battle corruption, incompetence and waste. President Obama won the 3rd district in 2008 and 2012, but in a midterm election this district has been known to be competitive. www.danlogue.com
Tom MacArthur (R- NJ 3): Businessman Tom MacArthur is running in the open seat to succeed retirement Rep. Jon Runyan (R). He faces Democratic nominee, Aimee Belgard (D) in the general election. This is another crossover district won by President Obama in 2012. MacArthur comes from a career in the insurance industry where he built and grew a small brokerage into a large multi-disciplinary company. He has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NFIB, and the almost the entire local business community. www.tmac4congress.com
Dan Newhouse (R - WA 4): This is a top two primary state and two Republicans, Dan Newhouse and Clint Didier, advanced in the WA 4 open seat to replace retiring Rep. Doc Hastings (R). Newhouse is a farmer, former state representative, former state agriculture commissioner and has a demonstrated history of working with the business community in a bipartisan manner. Clint Didier is a former NFL lineman for the Washington Redskins and is endorsed by FreedomWorks and Ron Paul. When the retiring Doc Hastings announced his endorsement of Newhouse, Didier responded by saying he didn't want DC insider support and preferred "liberty loving patriots" to support his campaign. Much of the business community is rallying around Newhouse, especially due to his agriculture background. www.dannewhouse.com
Elise Stefanik (R - NY 21): Elise Stefanik is running to succeed Rep. Bill Owens (D). She faces Democratic candidate, Brooklyn-based grocer and filmmaker Aaron Woolf (D) who moved to the district for the campaign. 29 years old, Stefanik has an extensive small business and policy background, previously serving in the Bush administration and at the Foreign Policy Initiative. Stefanik is wrapping up the support of the local business community, including the New York State Builders Association and the New York State Automobile Dealers Association. She is also a member of the NRCC's Young Gun program. www.Eliseforcongress.com
David Young (R - IA 3): After a somewhat surprising convention win, Young faces Democrat Staci Appel in the race to replace retiring Congressman Tom Latham (R). Young was formerly the Chief of Staff to Senator Chuck Grassley (R) and is expected to operate in a similar manner. Young was one of the more business-oriented, mainstream candidates running in the GOP primary and his nomination certainly made this race more competitive. This district was carried narrowly by Obama in 2012. Young is gaining the support of the local business community, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Farm Bureau. www.youngforiowa.com