Over 150 females have filed to run in the 2022 midterm election. The GOP needs five seats to take back the majority.
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chair Rep. Tom Emmer predicted the House GOP could smash its record of female representatives in 2022.
“Thirty-two now, the highest number ever in our conference,” Emmer said. “But I don’t think that’s necessarily something to celebrate. We got started last cycle, we had success. Now we have to build off that success.”
The NRCC, the House GOP reelection arm, has seen over 600 Republicans file to run in the 2022 midterm elections. Over 150 of those candidates are females.
From Fox News:
The NRCC chair highlighted a couple of female recruits, including Esther Joy King in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, who lost to Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos by four points last November.
The five-term Democratic incumbent announced earlier this year that she wouldn’t run for reelection in 2022 and Emmer argued that Joy King’s “the reason that Cheri Bustos is choosing not to run again and retiring.”
He also showcased Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez in Texas’ 15th Congressional District, who’s running again after losing to Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez by three points last November. And Virginia state Sen. Jen Kiggans, who’s hoping to unseat Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. If Kiggans wins the GOP nomination, the 2022 general election in the district would be between two U.S. Navy veterans.
Emmer also touted the fundraising prowess so far of a number of freshman GOP female representatives. Among them are Reps. Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma, Ashley Hinson of Iowa, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, and Maria Salazar of Florida.
“They are leading from the standpoint that they are thought leaders within the conference, but also showing you that they are great campaign organizers and campaigners,” Emmer said. “They’re raising the necessary resources and they’re doing that job at home. I think that bodes well for us.”
The NRCC raised $79.2 million in the first half of 2021, including $20.1 million raised in June:
In its next filing, the National Republican Congressional Committee will report that it raised $79.2 million during the first half of the year, besting the $44.5 million raised in 2019 and marking the most ever raised for that period in the committee’s history. The committee now has $55 million cash on hand, versus more than $44 million for the DCCC.
But this year’s numbers were also bolstered by major contributions from Republican leadership accounts. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has transferred $12.76 million to the NRCC’s coffers this year, while House Republican Whip Steve Scalise has sent $8.39 million.
“We will take back the majority next fall and voters are doing everything they can to help us accomplish that goal,” NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer said in a statement. “Every vulnerable House Democrat should be eyeing the exits because if they choose to run, they will lose.”
The GOP needs five seats to take back the majority. Emmer believes they can “retire Nancy Pelosi” in 2022.DONATE
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