Several states held their primary elections this week – and this round of primaries proved just as unpredictable as previous rounds. With only 13 states left to hold federal primaries, NMHC PAC’s priority continues to be focusing on supporting key candidates that are working on issues that affect the multifamily industry.
Ohio’s 12th Congressional District special election was one of the most-watched elections of the day. The special election is a result of Representative Pat Tiberi (R) – an NMHC champion – vacating his seat early. In the end, Republican Troy Balderson narrowly bested Democrat Danny O’Connor by a few thousand votes. Trump won this district by 11 percentage points in 2016, and this region of the state is considered heavily Republican.
Kansas’ 3rd House District is one of the most politically competitive districts in the state. Representative Kevin Yoder – a chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security – was victorious against his running mates, Trevor Keegan and Joe Myers. Six democrats battled for the opportunity to run against Yoder in November. Sharice Davids was the top-democratic vote-getter.
In Michigan, Senator Debbie Stabenow ran uncontested in the democratic primary. Trump-endorsed John James beat out Sandy Pensler in the Republican ticket.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) of Missouri is seeking reelection in a state that Trump won by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016. Poised to be one of the toughest democratic reelections of the season, she will go up against Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R).
In Washington’s 8th district several candidates are running to replace Representative David Reichert (R), who is retiring. Washington uses a “top two” primary format, which means that the top-two-vote-getters (regardless of party affiliation) will advance. Former State Senator Dino Rossi (R) was favored going into the race and walked away claiming the top spot. Come November, he will be up against Kim Schrier (D). Additionally, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) earned the top-vote-getter spot in her districts’ race – narrowly besting Lisa Brown (D), who earned the second spot on November’s ballot.
NMHC continues to monitor the races closely while assisting allies on both sides of the aisle. If you wish to get in on the action, you don’t want to miss the NMHC Fall Board Meeting in Washington, D.C., September 12-14. At the meeting, you will hear from an outstanding line up of Capitol Hill and Administration Speakers. To date, we have confirmed the following speakers:
- Elaine Chao, Secretary of Department of Transportation
- Senator John Thune (R-SD)
- Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
- Gary Cohn, former director of the National Economic Council
- General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA
- Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
- Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
- Ways and Means Ranking Member, Richie Neal (D-MA)
- Representative Denny Heck (D-WA)
- Problem Solvers Co-Chairs, Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
We’ve also planned a reception on Capitol Hill Honoring both House and Senate Members on Thursday, September 13.
The strong member participation and growth of NMHC PAC has helped gain critical attention from key lawmakers, many of whom now reach out to NMHC to be part of the debate and conversation. The PAC has helped increase NMHC’s visibility and ensure a seat at the table on key issues important to the industry.
To be thanked and recognized for your PAC support at the Fall Meeting, funds must be sent to the NMHC PAC headquarters by August 20. For questions about NMHC PAC or additional information, please contact Lisa Costello, Vice President of Political Affairs, at 202-974-2325 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more here.
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