Weekly Brief: November 5, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund 


Alma Loving
Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way: Last night's election was a rough one for many pro-choice women candidates. But, it was by NO means a total loss - after Game Changer Alma Adams (NC-12) is sworn in this year for her special election win, our country will have 100 women in Congress for the first time in history! It's still not enough, but it is a step forward, so I'll celebrate. For now.

The Times They Are A-Changin'
A whole lotta congratulations are in order for all of our Game Changers who came through with big wins last night! Stephanie Chang (MI-06 State House) became the first Asian-American woman in her state's legislature, and Maura Healey (MA) became the nation's first openly LGBTQ attorney general. Did I mention Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Muriel Bowser (DC Mayor), and Rep. Krysten Sinema (AZ-09) also won? Oh, there's more - Norma Torres (CA-35), Gayle Goldin (RI-03 State Senate), Nellie Gorbea (RI Secretary of State), Pramila Jayapal (WA-37 State Senate), Brianne Nadeau (DC City Council), Kristy Pagan (MI-21 State House), Hilda Solis (LA County Board of Supervisors), Betty Yee (CA Controller), Faith Winter (CO-35 General Assembly), Diane Snelling (VT-Chittenden State Senate), Virginia Lyons (VT-Chittenden State Senate), Kay Floyd (OK-46 State Senate) all won their seats. So, to sum up: Hell yeah.

And Now For The Bad News                                                   
We're losing amazing champions in U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) and U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter (NH), who did not win their re-elections to the U.S. Congress. And there was many a heartbreaking loss for our Game Changers, as well. Wendy Davis (TX Governor), Alison Lundergan Grimes (KY-Senate) and Sandra Fluke (CA-26 State Senate). Sandra Mendoza (CA-53 State Assembly), Sharon Quirk-Silva (CA-65 State Assembly), Amanda Renteria (CA-21), Emily Cain (ME-02), Staci Appel (IA-03), Mary Burke (WI Governor), Rocky Lara (NM-02), Gloria Bromell-Tinubu (SC-07), Kelly Westlund (WI-07), Lucy Flores (NV Lt. Governor), Kay Floyd (OK-46), Maureen Koetz (NY-65 State Assembly), Kate Marshall (NV Secretary of State), Cyndi Munson (OK-85 State House), Aimee Belgard (NJ-03), Connie Pillich (OH Treasurer), Connie Stokes (GA Lt. Governor), Annette Taddeo (FL Lt. Governor), Nina Turner (OH Secretary of State), Leticia Van de Putte (TX Lt. Governor), and Dawn Ellis (VT-Chittenden State Senate). And we’re still waiting for a final tally for Donna Christensen (VI Governor). It's a crying (literally) shame that these amazing leaders won't be serving in public office - for now! #SheShouldRunAgain

Don't Stop Believin'                                                                         
Now that you are undoubtedly bummed out about some of the losses women faced last night...let's celebrate the WCF-endorsed candidates who won big! Gina Raimondo became Rhode Island’s FIRST Woman governor, while Gwen Graham (FL-02) became the the first woman ever to win the Florida's Second Congressional District seat. Can't wait for these history makers to start (seriously - I'll move things into their offices if it speeds up the process).  

The Latest Deets                                                                     
Check out the election results below so you can keep up with WCF-endorsed candidates!  

 Game Changer Results:

Alma Adams US House (NC-12) Win
Staci Appel US House (IA-03) Loss
Aimee Belgard US House (NJ-03) Loss
Emily Cain US House (ME-02) Loss
Rocky Lara US House (NM-02) Loss
Brenda Lawrence US House (MI-14) Win
Alison Lundergan Grimes  US Senate (KY) Loss 
Amanda Renteria US House (CA-21) Loss
Kyrsten Sinema  US House (AZ-09) Win
Gloria Bromell-Tinubu US House (SC-07) Loss 
Norma Torres US House (CA-35) Win
Kelly Westlund US House (WI-07) Loss
Muriel Bowser  Mayor (DC) Win
Mary Burke Governor (WI) Loss
Stephanie Chang State House (MI-06) Win
Donna Christensen Governor (VI) Loss*
Wendy Davis Governor (TX) Loss
Lucy Flores Lieutenant Governor (NV) Loss 
Kay Floyd State Senate (OK-46) Loss
Sandra Fluke State Senate (CA-26) Loss 
Gayle Goldin State Senate (RI-03) Win
Nellie Gorbea  Secretary of State (RI) Win
Maura Healey  Attorney General (MA) Win
Pramila Jayapal State Senate (WA-37) Win 
Maureen Koetz State Assembly (NY-65) Loss 
Kate Marshall Secretary of State (NV) Loss
Sandra Mendoza State Assembly (CA-53) Loss
Cyndi Munson  State House (OK-85) Loss 
Brianne Nadeau City Council (DC) Win
Kristy Pagan State Representative (MI-21) Win 
Connie Pillich Treasurer (OH) Loss
Sharon Quirk-Silva State Assembly (CA-65) Loss 
Hilda Solis  County Board of Supervisors (LA) Win
Connie Stokes  Lieutenant Governor (GA) Loss
Annette Taddeo Lieutenant Governor (FL) Loss
Nina Turner  Secretary of State (OH) Loss
Leticia Van de Putte Lieutenant Governor (TX) Loss
Faith Winter State Assembly (CO-35) Win
Betty Yee  Controller (CA) Win
Diane Snelling State Senate (VT) Win
Virginia Lyons State Senate (VT) Win
Dawn Ellis State Senate (VT) Loss

WCF-Endorsed Federal Candidate Results: 

Bonnie Watson Coleman US House (NJ-12) Win
Debbie Dingell US House (MI-12) Win
Laura Fjeld US House (NC-06) Loss
Michelle Nunn US Senate (GA) Loss
Kathleen Rice US House (NY-04) Win
Natalie Tennant US Senate (WV) Loss
Erin Bilbray US House (NV-03) Loss 
Pam Byrnes US House (MI-07) Loss
Ann Callis US House (IL-13) Loss
Aelea Christofferson US House (OR-02) Loss
Gwen Graham US House (FL-02) Win
Elisabeth Jensen US House (KY-06) Loss
Janice Kovach US House (NJ-07) Loss
Kelly Kultala US House (KS-03) Loss
Donna McAleer US House (UT-01) Loss
Erin McClelland US House (PA-12) Loss
Suzanne Patrick US House (VA-02) Loss 
Shirley Ringo US House (ID-01) Loss
Martha Robertson US House (NY-23) Loss 
Lenda Sherrell US House (TN-04) Loss
Kerith Strano Taylor US House (PA-05) Loss
Margie Wakefield US House (KS-02) Loss
Marihelen Wheeler US House (FL-03) Loss

 WCF-Endorsed Statewide Candidate Results: 

Martha Coakley Governor (MA) Loss
Kathy Hochul Lieutenant Governor (NY) Win
Gina Raimondo Governor (RI) Win
Betsy Markey Treasurer (CO) Loss
Sharen Neuhardt Lieutenant Governor (OH) Loss
Maggie Toulouse Oliver Secretary of State (NM) Loss

WCF-Endorsed Local Candidate Results: 

Joan Brausch State House (MI-98)  Loss
Adrienne Esposito State House (NY-03) Loss 
Wendy Gabriella State Assembly (CA-73) Loss
Karalee Hargrove State Assembly (CA-42) Loss
Stephanie Isaacson State House  (MO-14) Loss
Cheryl Kagan State Senate  (MD-17) Win
Michele Lepore-Hagan State House (OH-58) Win
Marilyn Dondero Loop State Senate (NV-08) Loss
Lorie Masters Attorney General (DC) Loss
Tracy McCreery State House (MO-88) Win
Susan Rzucidlo  State House (PA-158) Loss
Rebecca Seawright State Assembly (NY-26) Win
Elissa Silverman City Council (DC) Win
Jo Anne Simon  State Assembly (NY-52) Win 
Lisa Subeck  State Assembly (WI-78) Win
Lauren Carson State Assembly (RI-75) Win
Kathryn Daigle Mayor (Irvine, CA) Loss
Liz Forrest State House (PA-189) Loss
Claudia Griffith  State House (OK-45) Win
Karen Kwan State House (UT-34) Loss
Teresa Lowry State Senate (NV-20) Loss
Jennifer Mardsen State House (AL-93) Loss
Lynn Mason State House (MI-86) Loss
Paula Prentice State House (OH-36) Loss
Connie Rubin State Senate (OH-29) Loss
Heidi Spear  State House (VT-07) Loss 
Anndrea Starzak State Senate (NY-52) Loss
Dawn Valasco State House (OH-21) Loss
Michele Weeks State Senate (UT-11) Loss


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