November 6, 2012

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Congratulates Senator Claire McCaskill On Her Victory In Missouri!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, voters in Missouri reelected Senator Claire McCaskill, reaffirming their commitment to supporting leaders who will fight for women and families.

“Tonight, voters in Missouri reelected a true champion for women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “This election provided a clear choice between leaders like Claire McCaskill, who want to move forward by expanding women’s healthcare access and economic opportunity, and candidates like Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, who was committed to redefining rape, and denying women access to reproductive healthcare and equal pay. The EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – fought hard to turn out an impressive number of women voters and leaders like Claire McCaskill. Leaders like Claire will end the Republican Party’s anti-middle class agenda by supporting policies that benefit women and families.” 

Senator Claire McCaskill released the following statement:

“Before I knew who my opponent was, before anyone knew who Todd Akin was, or had heard his extreme views, EMILY’s List had my back. I’d done what I knew was the right thing for Missouri families in the Senate, and everyone was speculating about what a hard race I’d have. EMILY’s List didn’t speculate – they put their shoulders to the wheel and worked to make sure I could return to the senate to fight for families. EMILY’s List members gave and gave again to make sure I didn’t fall behind, and when my opponent started sharing his extreme views with the world, EMILY’s List helped make sure  the world knew what was at stake – and that I had the resources to fight back.  I come from a family of political women, and I know the difference women make in elections. The EMILY’s List community is a community I am proud to call my own.” 

EMILY’s List first endorsed Claire McCaskill during her 2006 senate race, and helped her become the first woman elected to represent Missouri in the Senate. EMILY’s List raised an impressive  $1,389,939.16 for Claire McCaskill in the 2011- 2012 election cycle.

WOMEN VOTE! worked to help reelect Senator Claire McCaskill by starting in early 2012 to fund a paid media effort to fight back against the millions of dollars being spent against the Senator. In the spring, before the Republican primary, WOMEN VOTE! helped to fund two different positive ads run by VoteVets and Majority PAC in St. Louis and Kansas City. Immediately after the deadline for Todd Akin to remove his name from the ballot, WOMEN VOTE! went up with 1,000 points of TV in St. Louis and Kansas City to remind swing voters in the state’s two largest media markets about Todd Akin’s radical statements, positions and votes on issues from student loans to Medicare to his infamous statement on “legitimate rape.” Additionally, in the days leading up to the election, WOMEN VOTE! made live calls to turn out nearly 96,000 pro-choice Democratic women voters. WOMEN VOTE! spent approximately $813,000 on behalf of Claire McCaskill. 

Launched in 1995, the historic EMILY's List WOMEN VOTE! project combines polling and research, advanced information technology, sophisticated message testing, and field work to educate and mobilize millions of women across the country.


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 dollars. 

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