WASHINGTON (5/21/14)--Credit union-backed candidates saw mostly positive early results in Tuesday's primary elections in Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Idaho.
"These are candidates who have strong connections and have demonstrated their commitment to credit unions, and we know the importance of supporting them," said Trey Hawkins, the Credit Union National Association vice president of political affairs. "As primary season heats up, we'll continue to back candidates who are strong credit union supporters."
In the Senate primaries, credit union-backed candidate Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) handily defeated challenger Matt Bevin, identified as "favorite of the Tea Party" in media accounts. McConnell, the current Senate minority leader, was supported by $156,000 worth of television ads via the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC).
In Georgia, credit union-backed Republican Rep. Jack Kingston, who faced a tough fight Tuesday, now moves on to a runoff. When the Associated Press called the race just after 11:30 p.m. (ET), Kingston claimed 26% of the vote to win a spot against businessman David Perdue, with 30%, to faceoff in a July runoff for the Georgia Senate GOP nomination to fill the vacant Senate seat left by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R).
Also in Georgia, CUNA, CULAC and the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates supported candidates in the first, fourth, 10th and 11th congressional districts. CUNA, the state credit union associations and credit unions also backed candidates in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Idaho, where final results were not available before News Now's publishing deadline.
Watch News Now Thursday for more primary results.