GOP women’s group backs 13 non-incumbents for 2020

Winning for Women's affiliated super PAC plays in primaries

Former GOP Rep. Karen Handel has secured the backing of Georgia’s Republican governor and two senators in her bid to reclaim the 6th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Winning for Women, a nonprofit political group that supports Republican women, is backing 13 House candidates on Wednesday in its initial round of 2020 endorsements. 

The group is also backing all Republican women in Congress who are seeking reelection. That includes the five of the eight Republican women in the Senate who are up for reelection next year and 11 women in the House. Two of the 13 GOP women currently serving in the House have announced they won’t be running in 2020.

Founded after the 2016 elections, Winning for Women has an affiliated PAC and super PAC that have played in primaries for female candidates — most notably this past summer in an open-seat race in North Carolina, when the super PAC spent heavily for Joan Perry, a pediatrician who finished second in the 17-way primary but lost in the runoff.

The non-incumbent House candidates receiving Winning for Women’s endorsement include 11 challengers to sitting Democrats and two candidates who are running in open seats that are currently held by Republicans. 

  • Jessica Taylor in Alabama’s 2nd District, which Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates a Solid Republican race.
  • Young Kim in California’s 39th District, which is Likely Democratic.
  • Michelle Steel in California’s 48th District, which is Lean Democratic.
  • Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida’s 27th District, which is Solid Democratic.
  • Former Rep. Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th District, which is Tilt Democratic.
  • Ashley Hinson in Iowa’s 1st District,  which is Tilt Democratic.
  • Michelle Fischbach in Minnesota’s 7th District, which is Tilt Democratic.
  • Nicole Malliotakis in New York’s 11th District, which is Toss-up.
  • Chele Farley in New York’s 18th District, which is Solid Democratic.
  • Former Rep. Claudia Tenney in New York’s 22nd District, which is Toss-up.
  • Lisa Scheller in Pennsylvania’s 7th District, which is Solid Democratic.
  • Beth Van Duyne in Texas’ 24th District, which is Tilt Republican.
  • Genevieve Collins in Texas’ 32nd District, which is Lean Democratic. 

“We’re proud to endorse such strong, qualified conservative women,” Winning for Women executive director Rebecca Schuller said in a statement. “Not only will Winning For Women’s PAC provide critical hard-dollar support to their campaigns, but it will also activate on their behalf a grassroots army of nearly 700,000 members nationwide,” she said. 

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who’s rebranded her leadership PAC to play in primaries for women, rolled out her initial 11 endorsements for 2020 last month. 

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