For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Candidates Sweep New Hampshire: New Hampshire Elects First-Ever All-Woman Congressional Delegation And Governor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, we celebrated the victories of Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), and Maggie Hassan (NH-GOV) – all three of the EMILY’s List candidates running in New Hampshire. These victories mean New Hampshire has made history by electing the first ever all-woman Congressional delegation plus Governor in America.
“EMILY’s List is so proud of New Hampshire tonight,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “I was just in New Hampshire last week campaigning with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and our fantastic 2012 candidates – and the energy was incredible. Carol, Annie, and Maggie are exactly the kinds of leaders New Hampshire women and families need to push back against the Republican war on women and build a more progressive America.”
New Hampshire made history by sending Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to Washington – and making her the only woman to have ever served as both Senator and Governor.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen released a statement:
“With the election of Maggie Hassan as Governor and Annie Kuster and Carol Shea Porter to Congress, New Hampshire has made history! We have become the first state in the country to have an all-female delegation. I'm so proud of our state and proud of all those at EMILY's List whose hard work helped make this possible. The women elected here tonight represent the best of the Granite State and will help lead our country to a better and brighter future.”
EMILY’s List first endorsed Carol Shea-Porter in 2006, and supported Annie Kuster in her first run for Congress in 2010. The EMILY’s List community got behind Maggie Hassan for her first run for governor in the 2012 cycle. EMILY's List has had much success in New Hampshire over the years, working to help elect Jeanne Shaheen the first woman governor and U.S. Senator from the state as well as supporting State Senate President Sylvia Larsen and other great women serving in the legislature – creating the first majority-woman legislative body in America in the New Hampshire State Senate.
WOMEN VOTE! knew the importance of these races—the only pro-choice Democratic woman running for governor and the opportunity to elect women to the top leadership positions in the state. WOMEN VOTE! spent $550,000 on behalf of Hassan, running an innovative, multi-layered campaign zeroing in on independent women voters in New Hampshire, educating them on Ovide Lamontagne’s radical positions on women’s health through TV, radio, online and mail. We began our effort by launching our website, www.newhampshirewomen.org, online advertising and mail campaign just days after the September primary, and sent a total of six pieces of mail to approximately 51,000 pro-choice independent women statewide. We targeted these same women online through video pre-roll ads, Facebook and banner ads. We also built a Facebook community of nearly 17,000 supporters that engaged women in a conversation about Ovide Lamontagne’s anti-choice policies that would limit New Hampshire women’s freedom. In October, we went up on TV with approximately 500 points on WMUR and two weeks of statewide radio. Throughout all of the WOMEN VOTE! communications we used the words and images of real New Hampshire women. Additionally, in the primary, WOMEN VOTE! contacted over 23,000 pro-choice Democratic primary voting women with live phone calls to educate them about Hassan’s positions on women’s health and education.
Our WOMEN VOTE! program targeted approximately 25,000 pro-choice independent women in New Hampshire’s first congressional district to educate them on Frank Guinta’s radical positions on women’s health. In addition to the three pieces of mail, WOMEN VOTE! targeted these women with online video, banner and Facebook ads to reinforce the message in the mail. WOMEN VOTE! spent $70,000 on behalf of her campaign. The EMILY’s List community raised $146,000 for Shea-Porter’s campaign this cycle.
WOMEN VOTE! team targeted approximately 24,000 pro-choice independent women in New Hampshire’s second congressional district to educate them on Charlie Bass’s vote to limit women’s access to birth control and preventative care like mammograms. In addition to the three pieces of mail, WOMEN VOTE! targeted these women with online video, banner and Facebook ads to reinforce the message in the mail. WOMEN VOTE! spent $70,000 on behalf of Kuster.
Launched in 1995, the historic EMILY's List WOMEN VOTE! project combines polling and research, advanced information technology, sophisticated message testing, and precinct-by-precinct field work to mobilize millions of women voters across the country. EMILY's List designed WOMEN VOTE! to build a progressive political base that will elect more Democrats, especially women, by helping to increase turnout among women voters year after year.
During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List endorsed an impressive number of candidates, worked to elect three pro-choice Democratic women to the House in special elections, and helped 11 House candidates, one Senate candidate, and one gubernatorial candidate make it through competitive primaries. With a community that has more than quadrupled since 2010 – now more than 2,000,000 members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 87 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 16 to the Senate, nine governors, and over five hundred of women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history, and raised an impressive $51.2 million.