This Week in RSLC News: Newt’s Op-ed on the RSLC’s Efforts, State Legislators Win Statewide Primaries, and more

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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich praised the Republican State Leadership Committee in his weekly op-ed for Fox News this week. “The continuing investment by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) in state legislators is giving the Republican Party a farm team that is providing strong candidates for many key races,” Gingrich wrote in his analysis of the Tuesday primary elections. He continued, “Matt Walter and his team at the RSLC have devastated the Democrats’ farm teams. Democrats lost more than 900 state legislative seats when President Obama was in office.”


Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer conceded to Secretary of State Kris Kobach Tuesday night in the closely decided gubernatorial primary. Kobach’s lead had grown to over 300 votes and in a press conference Colyer acknowledged, “The numbers are just not there.” Endorsing Kobach, Colyer said, “I congratulated him on his success, and I repeated my determination to keep this seat in Republican hands.” Kobach responded in kind by thanking Colyer for the endorsement calling him a “worthy opponent.” Kobach and his lieutenant governor nominee Wink Hartman will face a Democrat state Senator and a well-funded independent candidate in the general election.

Connecticut State Senator Joe Markley, elected to the Senate in 2010, won the Republican lieutenant governor primary on Tuesday night besting two other opponents. Markley, following his victory, said, “The first feeling of victory is usually relief. I am looking forward to helping elect a Republican governor this fall.” Markley will run on a ticket with gubernatorial nominee Bob Stefanowski in November. In Connecticut, the lieutenant governor casts the tie-breaking vote in the event of a deadlock in the Senate, which is now split evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

Michigan gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette named former state representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his lieutenant governor nominee on Wednesday. Schuette described her as a “person of great talent” and praised her work leading the education committee when she was in the state legislature. At the announcement, Lyons referenced her experience in the legislature saying, “When I entered the Legislature, Michigan was flat on its back, but we worked hard, reformed government, and got Michigan back on its feet.”

Donna Bergstrom, a member of the Red Lake Nation, could potentially become Minnesota’s first Native American lieutenant governor after her running mate, Jeff Johnson, won the Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday. Bergstrom served in the Marines as an intelligence officer and previously ran for the state legislature in 2016.