This Week in RSLC News: Third Edition of “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” List, RSLC Featured in Associated Press Story, and more

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Last weekend the Associated Press ran an article focusing on the implications of this fall’s state legislative elections in regards to the 2020 redistricting process. “Democrats are doubling their spending for this year’s state House and Senate elections. It’s a renewed and increasingly urgent attempt to put a dent in the Republican ranks before it’s too late to influence the next round of redistricting, which is set to occur after the 2020 Census,” the article stated. RSLC President Matt Walter said Republicans have been successful this past decade, reaching all-time highs at the state legislative level, because Republicans are “running better candidates who go out and govern in a way that’s having a positive impact in their states.”


Today the RSLC released its third edition of the “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” list featuring candidates from 15 states. This edition includes three female candidates running in competitive statewide elections, who are poised to make history if they win in November. “Republicans at the state level would not be reaching historical highs, without the growing diversity of our party.  The outstanding candidates from the newest ‘18 in ‘18’ list represent the best from our Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiatives,” RSLC President Matt Walter said upon release of the third edition.

The Connecticut Post profiled the battle for the state Senate chamber this week, an offensive opportunity for Republicans to flip the currently tied legislative chamber. The story focused on state Representative Pam Staneski’s campaign for the 14th state Senate district. Staneski, who was featured on the above mentioned “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” list, could become the 19th Republican Senator in the chamber if she flips this district in November which would put the Republicans in the majority.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich recapped the special election victory by Republican Senator-Elect Pete Flores writing, “Every Republican campaign in the country should study this race carefully.” Gingrich referenced the press release put out by the RSLC noting that this election “was the 38th Republican special election victory this year – more than the Democrats have won.”

On Tuesday, Tim Armstead was sworn in as a member of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Armstead, the former Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, said he is ready to help rebuild the credibility of the Court after four justices were removed from the state court and described the past year as “very, very challenging to our judiciary system.” Armstead’s term will only go through the end of the year but he is running in the November election to fill the remaining term.