Credit union-backed candidates in North Carolina and Indiana were successful in Tuesday’s primary elections, among the first of the 2018 election cycle.
In North Carolina, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) easily won his primary election, taking 43% to opponent Phil Law’s 29% and Scott Dacey’s 28%. Jones’ margin of victory was 6,596 votes.
CUNA and the Carolinas Credit Union engaged in a partisan communication campaign with two credit unions in Jones’ district. The campaign targeted more than 21,000 credit union households with multiple rounds of mail.
Credit union candidate Greg Pence, a small business owner, Marine veteran and brother of Vice President Mike Pence, won his Republican primary easily, and is considered the favorite in November to represent the heavily Republican 6th Congressional District.
In North Carolina, credit union-backed Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) lost his primary election to former Baptist pastor Mark Harris by 814 votes.
In West Virginia, credit union candidate Conrad Lucas lost his Republican primary election to State Delegate Carol Miller in a bid to represent the state’s 3rd Congressional District.