Super Tuesday’s primary election saw multiple credit union-supported Congressional candidates progress to the general election as their party’s nominee for the Nov. 3 general election. States holding primary contests Tuesday included Alabama, Arkansas, California, North Carolina and Texas.
The Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), CUNA’s political action committee, CUNA and its League partners supported a combined 96 candidates for the U.S. House and Senate on the ballot in those states.
Among closely watched races involving incumbents, CULAC and the Cornerstone Credit Union League (CCUL) supported veteran Republican lawmaker Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas). Granger has a history of supporting credit unions and succeeded in a primary challenge by former technology executive Chris Putnam.
Granger defeated Republican challenger Chris Putnam, taking 58.2% of the vote.
CULAC and CCUL also supported Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a longtime champion of credit union issues. As of Wednesday morning, Cuellar leads challenger Jessica Cisneros 51.6% to 48.4%.
Notable open seat wins include:
Races that have yet to be called, but where credit union-backed candidates are leading, include:
CUNA announced earlier this year it will spend a record $7 million in the 2020 election cycle to support congressional candidates on both sides of the aisle.
To date, 100% of CUNA-supported candidates have been successful in primary contests called.