EMILY’s List Triumphant in Primary Season

By Francesca Ernst on
August 15, 2012

“We’ve been saying it for months – and we just keep proving it – 2012 is shaping up to be an historic year for Democratic women.” – Stephanie Schriock, EMILY’s List President

What makes EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock so sure? It’s simple: with last night’s primary victories for Elizabeth Esty in Connecticut and Lois Frankel in Florida, the women EMILY’s List has fully recommended have sailed to victory in two-thirds of their competitive primaries this election cycle. Not only that, but WOMEN VOTE! has had a near-perfect success rate in helping our candidates clear their primaries.

Since Republicans took the House in 2010 and began their full-fledged War on Women and assault on the middle class, EMILY’s List has gained over one million members. At 1.5 million strong, now more than ever, the momentum is in our favor to elect a Democratic majority led by strong, dynamic women.

After 2010—the first time in 30 years that the number of women in Congress decreased—our candidates and the EMILY’s List community have worked hard to ensure women’s voices are represented in Washington.  Our victories in 2011’s special elections help to put us in a great position for the 2012 campaign cycle.

Here are our fully recommended candidates who have cleared their primaries and are heading to the general thanks, in part, to the EMILY’s List community:

  • Julia Brownley (CA-26)
  • Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
  • Lois Capps (CA-24)
  • Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
  • Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)
  • Lois Frankel (FL-22)
  • Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
  • Mazie Hirono (HI-SEN)
  • Grace Meng (NY-06)

And there’s still so much left to do! On August 28th, Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) are headed into competitive primaries. Not to mention Maggie Hassan, who, if elected, would be the country’s only female Democratic Governor.

If we want to keep this reputation and send even more women to Washington in the years to come, we’ve got to keep the momentum going. It’s time to talk with your friends, call your neighbors, and support the Democratic women who will fight the War on Women and fight for hardworking families across the country.



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