A Republican PAC that supports lawmakers from the “governing wing of the GOP” is making its first non-incumbent endorsements of the cycle.
Republican Main Street Partnership is backing 10 recruits this week, all of whom have received the maximum primary contribution from the PAC. The PAC is also supporting its 75 House members.
“Our members are the majority makers, and this fall Republican control of the House runs right through Main Street,” Sarah Chamberlain, the group’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
“Main Street is proud to support these candidates who are committed to governing in the Republican tradition,” Chamberlain said.
The new candidates Main Street is backing are:
- Shantel Krebs (SD-AL): The South Dakota secretary of State is hoping to fill the seat Rep. Kristi Noem is leaving to run for governor. The primary is on June 5.
- Young Kim (CA-39): The former state representative and aide to departing Rep. Ed Royce is hoping to finish in the top two in the June 5 primary to fill Royce’s seat.
- Conrad Lucas (WV-03): The former state GOP chairman, Lucas is vying for the nomination in the May 8 primary to fill Rep Evan Jenkins′ seat.
- Troy Balderson (OH-12): The state senator is running in a crowded May 8 primary for the nomination for the August special election to fill out the remainder of retiring Rep. Pat Tiberi’s term and for the full two-year term beginning in January. Defending Main Street, the super PAC arm of Main Street Partnership, already backed Balderson with a six-figure TV buy. He’s the only candidate who has received a $10,000 contribution from the PAC.
- Kevin Hern (OK-01): The businessman is running in the June 26 primary for the Solid Republican seat vacated by Jim Bridenstine, who was recently sworn in as the administrator of NASA.
- Dino Rossi (WA-08): The former state senator is running for the open seat that GOP Rep. Dave Reichert is vacating.
- Anthony Gonzales (OH-16): The Former NFL player is running in the May 8 primary for the open seat that GOP Rep. Jim Renacci is vacating to run for Senate.
- Mike Miller (FL-07): The former state representative is running in an August primary to try to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy in one of Republicans’ few pick-up opportunities.
- Luke Malek (ID-01): The state representative is running in the May 15 primary to fill the seat GOP Rep. Raúl R. Labrador is vacating to run for governor.
- Cresent Hardy (NV-04): The former representative is running for his old seat. Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen, who defeated Hardy in 2016, isn’t seek re-election because of allegations of sexual misconduct.
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