EMILY’s List Announces New Endorsements

Posted August 7, 2008 at 11:16am

With spirits high after primary victories this week by two of its endorsed candidates in Missouri and Michigan, the pro-abortion-rights group EMILY’s List announced six new endorsements Thursday morning.

The latest Democratic endorsees are Anne Barth, who is battling Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) in West Virginia’s 2nd district; Sam Bennett, who is hoping to beat Rep. Charlie Dent (R) in Pennsylvania’s 15th district; Jill Derby, who is taking her second shot at Rep. Dean Heller (R) in Nevada’s 2nd district; Judy Feder, who is also hoping the second time is the charm against Rep. Frank Wolf (R) in Virginia’s 10th district; Annette Taddeo, who is taking on Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) in Florida’s 18th district; and Victoria Wulsin, who is hoping to keep Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) from winning re-election in Ohio’s 2nd district.

EMILY’s List, which backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, is known as a powerful fundraising force with a large donor base.

“These Democratic women are running some of the most exciting, competitive challenger races in the country and gaining critical ground in historically Republican districts,” EMILY’s List president Ellen Malcolm said in a statement Thursday.

On Tuesday, EMILY’s List-backed candidates Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) and Missouri state Rep. Judy Baker (D) held on to win narrow primary victories.