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EMILYs List Names Nine Republican Governors as Initial 2022 Targets

April 13, 2021

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2021

EMILYs List Names Nine Republican Governors as Initial 2022 Targets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, launched its opposition program, “On Notice,” for the 2022 election cycle. The initial list includes nine Republican governors who will be some of EMILYs List’s top targets to defeat in the upcoming elections. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:

“Each and every one of these nine Republican governors have failed to perform what should be their primary duty in office: to use their offices to improve the lives of families across their states. When faced with an unprecedented public health crisis, they prioritized politics over people and took cues from a willfully ignorant former president rather than informed experts. Now, some are attempting to enact highly restrictive voting rules to subvert democracy and avoid being held accountable for their unpopular actions. 

“We need governors who place the public good over their personal and partisan political agendas. Every one of these states would be much better served by electing a Democratic pro-choice woman governor, and EMILYs List is working hard to do just that.”

The nine incumbent governors EMILYs List is targeting are:

  • Greg Abbott (Texas)
  • Charlie Baker (Massachusetts)
  • Ron DeSantis (Florida)
  • Mike DeWine (Ohio)
  • Brian Kemp (Georgia)
  • Henry McMaster (South Carolina)
  • Kim Reynolds (Iowa)
  • Phil Scott (Vermont)
  • Chris Sununu (New Hampshire)

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.