PAC has 73% Success Rate, Including Key Senate Race
New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality (NHRFE) PAC Chairman Sean Owen congratulates candidates on their victories in yesterday's Republican Primary Election:
"The New Hampshire Republican Party has taken another big step today.2012 is the year the NHGOP turns the page on discrimination against same-sex couples and their families. Our 100% positive campaign first resulted in a tremendous legislative victory this spring when the majority of House Republicans voted to uphold our state's popular marriage law. Today's election results have solidified these gains."
Owen continued, "The most important lesson today is that Republican voters showed strong support for pro-equality Republican legislators who did the right thing, ensuring they can beat back any attacks from single-minded opposition forces. There is no groundswell in the Republican party against the issue of same-sex marriage. Instead, Republican primary voters are demanding that their legislators treat all people equally under the law."
What were the primary election results?
NHRFE PAC made independent expenditures on behalf of 41 endorsed Republican primary candidates. 73% of these candidates won their primaries (30/41) including John Reagan, the Republican nominee for State Senate in District 17. Among the candidates we know were attacked by the National Organization for Marriage, all of them won their primaries and remain undefeated. This includes State Representative Mike Ball, Chairman of the Manchester City GOP, who earned a Republican nomination in Ward 2. Ball was the subject of a negative mailer distributed by NOM in the final days of the race.
What were the PAC's activities?
In this primary election, NHRFE raised over $160,000 and allocated about $130,000 to protect and promote inclusive Republicans. This included robust efforts toward public relations, social media and research, as well as a positive three-piece mail campaign on behalf of every endorsed candidate. The mailers were sent into priority districts in the final week of the primary election and highlighted candidates' commitments to limited government and individual freedom.
Who did the PAC support?
As a single-issue organization, NHRFE supported every single incumbent Republican who demonstrated a commitment to equal rights and was facing a competitive primary. Some of these incumbents cast votes in the previous session siding with labor unions against Right to Work and other reforms. As a result, they were targeted heavily by multiple organizations and defeated on issues entirely unrelated to the freedom to marry.
The 30 pro-freedom to marry Republicans who won their primaries for the legislature are joined by more than 40 other Republican candidates for the legislature who didn't even have competitive primaries. As we head into the general elections, there are over 70 GOP candidates for state office who publicly support the freedom to marry. In the coming weeks, we will be making our endorsements for the general election.