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More from Tuesday Night: RSLC Racks Up Major Statewide Wins
WASHINGTON (November 13, 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 to major statewide victories in the 2018 elections.
“We are so thrilled with our array of strong candidates who are winning vital statewide races and continuing to expand the reach of Republicans and the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA) and the Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC) 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.
Following last Tuesday’s election, Republicans have a majority 25 Republican Lieutenant Governors, 56% of the 45 Lt. Governor offices nationwide, and 28 (and counting) Secretaries of State, with runoff elections to come in Georgia and Louisiana.
ALASKA – The RSLC, supported by the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, invested $50,000 in an in-state partner that supported Governor-Elect Mike Dunleavy and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Kevin Meyer.
ARKANSAS – The RSLC, supported by the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, invested $5,700 maximum donation toward the reelection of Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin. The RSLC, supported by the RSSC, also invested the maximum general election donation of $2,700 to help the campaign of Secretary of State-Elect John Thurston.
FLORIDA – The RSLC, supported by the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, invested $100,000 to help propel House Speaker Pro Tempore Jeanette Nuñez to the Lt. Governor’s office in Florida, becoming the second Latina Lt. Governor in U.S. history. Florida is the home state of RSLC Board Chairman Bill McCollum and Board Member and former Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Nuñez’s victory is also part of the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) and Future Majority Project (FMP) initiatives.
GEORGIA – Lt. Governor-elect Geoff Duncan was supported by a major digital independent expenditure of $200,000 by the RSLC, supported by the RLGA. The web video ad was watched over 6,000,000 times by targeted swing voters across the state. Duncan had one of the highest win margins of any statewide campaign in Georgia in 2018, and received a direct maximum investment of $6,000 from the RSLC, supported by the RSSC.
IDAHO – Lieutenant Governor-Elect Janice McGeachin’s campaign received a maximum investment of $5,000 in the general election from the RSLC, supported by the RLGA. Governor-Elect Brad Little will be the 8th Republican Lieutenant Governor to become Governor since the 2016 election. McGeachin’s victory is also part of the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiative.
The RSLC, supported by the RSSC, also invested $2,500 into the reelection of Secretary of State Lawrence Denney.
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, also 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 to become Secretary of State-elect, receiving the maximum contribution from the RSLC, supported by the 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 radio ad 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.
NEBRASKA – The RSLC, supported by the RSSC, invested $7,500 in the campaign of Secretary of State-Elect Bob Evnen.
NEVADA – The RSLC, supported by the RSSC, invested over $45,000 in direct and independent efforts to help re-elect Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske for Nevada Secretary of State. Through the RSLC’s efforts, over 950,000 total digital impressions were made with swing voters. Secretary Cegavske is now the only Republican elected to a statewide Constitutional office in Nevada. Cegavske’s victory is also part of the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiative.
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 digital independent expenditure of $185,000 by the RSLC, supported by the RLGA, that saw over 12,000,000 total digital impressions made with targeted voters across the state.
SOUTH CAROLINA – Pamela Evette’s campaign for Lt. Governor was supported by a max contribution from the RSLC, supported by the RLGA, and a $10,000 donation to the South Carolina Victory 2018 Committee. 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, invested $3,500 into 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. Justices Armstead and Jenkins 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.
The RSLC, supported by the RLGA and the RSSC also helped chalk up other statewide victories, including:
- Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill
- Alabama Lieutenant Governor-Elect Will Ainsworth
- Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito
- Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley
- South Dakota Secretary of State-Elect Steve Barnett
- Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
- Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan
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. State-level Republicans maintain 62 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 25 lieutenant governor seats, and control 28 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.