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Major Wins (Round One) for Statewide Candidates for the Republican State Leadership Committee
WASHINGTON (November 6, 2018) – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices, including lieutenant governor (RLGA), secretary of state (RSSC), state legislators (RLCC), the judiciary (JFI) and other down-ticket races targeted and helped propel Republicans so far tonight to major statewide victories.
“We are so thrilled with our array of strong candidates who are winning vital statewide races and continuing to expand the reach of Republicans in this challenging and competitive environment that has seen record turnout from coast to coast,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.
FLORIDA – The RSLC, supported by the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, invested $100,000 to help propel House Speaker Pro Tempore Jeanette Nunez to the Lt. Governor’s office in Florida, becoming the second Latina Lt. Governor in history. Florida is the home state of RSLC Board Chairman Bill McCollum and Board Member and former Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Nunez’s victory is also part of the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) and Future Majority Project (FMP) initiatives.
INDIANA – The RSLC, supported by the RSSC, supported the re-election of Secretary of State Connie Lawson to her second full term. Lawson is also a recipient of the support of the RWRN initiative.
IOWA – The RSLC, supported by the RLGA, supported the election of Lt. Governor Adam Gregg to his first full term with $500,000 in direct contributions. The RSLC, supported by the RSSC, supported the re-election of Secretary of State Paul Pate with $45,000 in direct contributions.
KANSAS – Kansas House Speaker Pro Tempore Scott Schwab earned a major statewide victory in Kansas tonight to become Secretary of State-elect, receiving the maximum contribution from the RSLC, supported by the Republican Secretary of State Committee (RSSC).
MARYLAND – The Hogan-Rutherford ticket is the first Republican administration to win re-election in Maryland since 1954. The RSLC, supported by the RLGA, ran a six-figure independent expenditure in support of Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and his work related to the opioid epidemic and restoring over 100,000 jobs to Maryland alongside Governor Larry Hogan. Rutherford is also a recipient of support of the RSLC’s Future Majority Project.
NORTH DAKOTA – The RSLC, supported by the RSSC, donated to and supported the successful re-election of Secretary of State Al Jaeger.
OHIO – RSSC alumnus, Secretary of State Jon Husted is Ohio’s Lt. Governor-elect alongside Governor-elect Mike DeWine with RSLC having made a maximum contribution to their candidate committee. State Senator Frank LaRose is Ohio’s new Secretary of State-elect with the RSLC, supported by the RSSC, having made a maximum donation to his campaign. The RSLC also donated the maximum to the Ohio Republican Party State Candidate Fund for a total direct investment of over $60,000 to elect these great leaders.
OKLAHOMA – Lt. Governor-elect Matt Pinnell was supported by a major independent expenditure of $185,000 by the RSLC.
SOUTH CAROLINA – Pamela Evette’s campaign for Lt. Governor was supported by a max contribution from the RSLC, supported by the RLGA. Evette will serve as Governor Henry McMaster’s second in command after he became Governor following Nikki Haley’s appointment as UN Ambassador. Evette has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading businesswomen. She is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions, a $1 billion enterprise that provides payroll, human resources and tax services to companies across the country. RSLC’s support of Evette is also part of the Right Women, Right Now initiative.
Also, the RSLC, supported by the RSSC, supported the successful re-election of Secretary of State Mark Hammond with a maximum contribution.
SOUTH DAKOTA – The RSLC, supported by the RLGA, donated the maximum contribution to Lt. Governor-elect Larry Rhoden’s campaign.
WEST VIRGINIA – The Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative (JFI) invested heavily in the elections of Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Tim and Evan will return honesty and integrity to a court desperately in need of a course correction. The RSLC supported the election of both Justices with a statewide television and radio campaign highlighting their commitment to returning “honor and integrity” to the state’s Supreme Court.
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. After Election Night 2017, state-level Republicans maintain 67 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 31 lieutenant governor seats, and control 30 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.