It’s Election Update Time!

Posted by: Mike Dunmyer

As November approaches, we’re working harder than ever to take back Congress for our oceans by electing 40 champions and beating ocean enemies.  We’ve announced a number of endorsements recently, and you’ll continue to see more each week through September.  With all that activity, I thought it’d be good to give periodic updates on key races where we’ve made an endorsement, starting today!

First off, Washington state just wrapped up its primaries (all candidates run; top two advance to the general).  We endorsed three new candidates in the state, and two won their primaries outright (Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck).  These guys will be strong, strong champions and they’re well positioned for the general.  One of our endorsed candidates, Darcy Burner, finished third and thus won’t advance.  Fortunately, Susan DelBene, another Democrat who will advance to the general also has the potential to be an ocean champion.

Congresswoman Lois Capps is in the fight of her life after redistricting.  With only the general election before her, she’s facing a strong challenge from former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado.  Maldonado has released internal polling that shows him down only 2 points (48 – 46), while Democratic party polling has Capps ahead by 11.  We’ll be watching this closely, as Congresswoman Capps is one of the strongest ocean champions in the House and we need to protect her.

Another champion impacted by California’s redistricting is Congressman John Garamendi. Initial polling has Garamendi in front, but redistricting gave him an almost entirely new constituency, and according to Charlie Cook, dropped the Democratic performance of his seat by 10 points.

On the Senate side, we’re paying close attention to New Mexico and Hawaii, key races where we’ve endorsed two current House members with great ocean track records.

In New Mexico, polling consistently shows ocean champion Martin Heinrich with a 5 point lead over Heather Wilson, but the state is a Presidential election toss up, and SuperPACs have already started hitting Congressman Heinrich.  Fortunately, Heinrich is a strong campaigner and his poll numbers have improved slightly during the attack.

All eyes will be on Hawaii on Saturday for the state primary.  Our endorsed champion for Senate, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono must withstand a Democratic primary challenge from Ed Case if she is to compete in the general against former Governor Linda Lingle.  A recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll showed Hirono with an 18 point lead over Case, and an internal campaign poll confirmed those findings.  Case is pointing to a Hawaii Civil Beat poll that shows him 1 point ahead, although the National Journal noted that this poll doesn’t meet their standards for publication.

We’ll keep you all up to date throughout the summer and early fall because elections truly do matter for our oceans.

Date Posted: August 10, 2012 @ 10:58 am Comments Off

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