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All candidates in New York’s 10th Congressional District election complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection Survey

All three candidates running in the election for New York’s 10th Congressional District—Incumbent Jerrold Nadler (D), Cathy Bernstein (R), and Michael Madrid (L)—completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection Survey. Ballotpedia asks all federal, state, and local candidates to complete a survey so voters can discover what motivates them on political and personal levels.

One question in the survey asks candidates to list three key messages of their campaigns. Each candidate’s responses are below.

Nadler:
• Strengthen Democracy & Rule of Law
• Reduce Economic Inequality
• Fight Climate Change

Bernstein:
• IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL NEW YORKERS!
• Housing Costs Are Sky High
• Helping Our Small Businesses To Succeed

Madrid:
• Simplify: life is hard enough without needless regulation making it more so
• Legalize Housing: Rents are too high and homelessness is a huge problem. Our community needs housing. Let’s get rid of the barriers to building housing…and build housing.
• Basic Income: We need an simple, efficient, always on safety net there during crisis and normal times, not the huge tangle of wasteful, mis-targeted, inaccessible services we purport to offer now

In 2018, 1,957 candidates completed a Candidate Connection survey. This number represents 6.9% of all 28,315 candidates Ballotpedia covered during that cycle. Out of the 1,957 respondents, 477 (24.4%) won their elections.

To read the candidates’ responses and learn more about the race, click here: New York’s 10th Congressional District election, 2020

To read more about Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey or if you are a candidate who would like to submit a survey, click here: Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection



Three candidates in Michigan’s U.S. Senate election complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Incumbent Gary Peters (D), John James (R), and Marcia Squier (Green Party) completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. Peters was first elected in 2014 when he won his election by a margin of 13.3 percentage points. James challenged Michigan’s other U.S. Senator, Debbie Stabenow (D), in 2018 and lost by a margin of 6.5 percentage points. As of July 15, Peters’ campaign had raised $21,809,255 while James’ campaign had raised $20,493,428.

Ballotpedia asks all federal, state, and local candidates to complete a survey so voters can discover what motivates them on political and personal levels.

We asked the candidates, “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”

Peters: “1) Ensuring Michigan Families Have Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care Coverage,” “2) Rebuilding Our Economy,” and “3) Protecting the Great Lakes.”

James: “1. Education and Entrepreneurship,” “2. Foreign Policy,” and “3. Public Health.”

Squier: “Women’s Rights, Minority Rights, Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention, Environmental Restoration & Preservation, Noninterventionist Military Policies, and ending the War on Drugs.”

When asked what they perceived as the United States’ greatest challenges as a nation over the next decade, the candidates’ responses were:

Peters: “A critical challenge facing our country is rebuilding our economy and working to develop a comprehensive national strategic plan for American manufacturing to ensure Michiganders have good-paying jobs and addressing the glaring vulnerabilities in our medical supply chain.”

James: “Our first challenge is partisanship– we need leaders who are proven unifiers because partisanship is tearing the Nation apart. After that, Americans are hurting and scared right now. Whether it’s concern for their health well-being, concern about inequality, or simply hopelessness associated with financial anxiety and socio-economic immobility.”

Squier: “I believe our greatest challenges as a nation over the next decade will be difficult to face and overcome if we don’t unite as a collective for the greater good. Once united, we can overcome issues like corporate greed, pollution, election integrity, education, healthcare, systemic racism, police brutality, and overbloated, top-heavy military budgets.”

In 2018, 1,957 candidates completed a Candidate Connection survey. This number represents 6.9% of all 28,315 candidates Ballotpedia covered during that cycle. Out of the 1,957 respondents, 477 (24.4%) won their elections.

To read the candidates’ responses and learn more about the race, click here: United States Senate election in Michigan, 2020

To read more about Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey or if you are a candidate who would like to submit a survey, click here: Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection


Neese, Bice to compete in Republican primary runoff in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District August 25

Terry Neese and Stephanie Bice will compete in the Republican primary runoff in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday, August 25. The two advanced to a runoff when no candidate won 50% of the vote in the June 30 primary. Neese won 36.5% and Bice won 25.4% in the primary.

David Hill, who finished third in the primary with 19% of the vote, endorsed Neese on July 14 saying, “Terry Neese is a pro-life, pro-gun, conservative, and she has our full support as she fights to beat Kendra Horn and deliver President Trump’s agenda.”

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) endorsed Bice on August 6, saying, Stephanie is a proven conservative who is committed to defending our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and standing up for Oklahoma’s taxpayers.”

Incumbent Kendra Horn (D) is running for re-election. In 2018, she defeated incumbent Steve Russell (R) by a margin of 1.4 percentage points to become the first Democrat to hold the office since 1975. Oklahoma’s 5th is one of the 31 Democratic-held House districts that President Donald Trump (R) won in 2016, with Trump defeating Hillary Clinton (D) by a margin of 13.4 percentage points.

In February 2019, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee identified Oklahoma’s 5th as a Frontline district and the Republican National Congressional Committee identified the district as an offensive target for the 2020 election cycle.



Pam Keith, Oz Vazquez complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Pam Keith defeated Oz Vazquez in the Democratic primary for Florida’s 18th Congressional District on August 18. Keith received 79.9% of the vote to Vazquez’s 20.1%. Keith will face incumbent Brian Mast (R) and K.W. Miller (independent) in the general election.

Before the election, both Keith and Vazquez completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. Ballotpedia asks all federal, state, and local candidates to complete a survey so voters can discover what motivates them on political and personal levels.

We asked the candidates, “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”

Keith: “Protecting and defending the Constitution
Protecting voting rights and fair elections
Ensuring every American has lifelong portable health care
Ensuring that Americans not only have jobs but that their work is able to sustain themselves and their families
Address the existential threat of global climate change
Obtaining federal funding to fix the water management infrastructure in our district
Protecting and improving Social Security and Medicare for our seniors

Ensuring that our veterans get everything they need, including speedy, quality, comprehensive healthcare”

Vazquez: “I am personally passionate about making sure that working and middle class families have the same shot at the American dream I had, which includes fighting to make sure that retirees have the benefits they’ve been promised, protecting our access to quality, affordable healthcare, and ensuring our kids and grandkids have access to the education and opportunities they need to get ahead.”

In 2018, 1,957 candidates completed a Candidate Connection survey. This number represents 6.9% of all 28,315 candidates Ballotpedia covered during that cycle. Out of the 1,957 respondents, 477 (24.4%) won their elections.

To read the candidates’ responses and learn more about the primary, click here: Florida’s 18th Congressional District election, 2020 (August 18 Democratic primary)

To read more about the general election in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, click here:

Florida’s 18th Congressional District election, 2020

To read more about Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey or if you are a candidate who would like to submit a survey, click here: Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection


Pam Keith defeats Oz Vazquez in Florida’s 18th Congressional District Democratic primary

Pam Keith defeated Oz Vazquez in the Democratic primary in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. At 7:37 p.m. Eastern Time Decision Desk HQ called the race with 16.5% of precincts reporting. Keith received 79.9% of the vote and Vazquez received 20.1%.

Both candidates had received notable primary endorsements leading up to the election, with Keith garnering support from VoteVets and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D). Vazquez led the field in fundraising, with $450,439 to Keith’s $282,370.

The district has been rated by independent outlets as Solid Republican. Incumbent Brian Mast (R) won his 2018 race by 8.6 percentage points.


Byron Donalds defeats eight candidates in Florida’s 19th Congressional District Republican primary

Byron Donalds defeated eight other candidates in the Republican primary in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. At 9:52 p.m. on election night, Decision Desk HQ called the race with 100% of precincts reporting. Donalds received 22.6% of the vote, followed closely by Dane Eagle with 21.85% of the vote, Casey Askar with 19.99%, and William Figlesthaler with 18.35%.

The district has been rated as Solid Republican. Incumbent Francis Rooney (R) won his 2018 race by 24.6 percentage points.


Cynthia Lummis wins the Wyoming Senate Republican primary

Cynthia Lummis defeated nine other candidates in the Republican primary for the United States Senate seat from Wyoming. The Associated Press called the race on election night with 9% of precincts reporting. Lummis led with 57.1% of the vote, followed most closely by Robert Short with 17.5%.

Lummis served as Wyoming’s U.S. House Representative from 2009 to 2017. On August 13, President Trump endorsed her in a tweet, writing, “Cynthia is Strongly for our Military, our Vets, and protection of the Second Amendment. She will be a great Senator, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

The general election has been rated by independent outlets as Solid Republican. Incumbent Mike Enzi (R) announced last year he would not run for another term. He defeated Charlie Hardy in 2014 by 55 percentage points.


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