It was a victorious election night for GQRR clients. We saw victories in US Senate and Congressional races, gubernatorial campaigns, state legislature races, local races, and ballot issues. Congratulations to all of our clients on big wins.
Maggie Hassan - We guided Maggie Hassan through New Hampshire’s hotly contested Governor’s race. Hassan prevailed in a competitive primary, beat Republican opponent Ovide Lamontagne by 12 points on Tuesday, and will be the only female, pro-choice, Democratic governor in the country when she takes office in January.
Matt Denn - GQRR is proud to have helped Matt Denn win his second term as Lieutenant Governor in Delaware.
U.S. Senatorial Campaigns
Debbie Stabenow claimed a decisive victory Tuesday night in Michigan, garnering 58 percent of the vote. With our polling, a contest that was envisioned to be competitive by Republicans never came to fruition, allowing Stabenow to win by a sizeable 20 points, her largest margin to date.
Amy Klobuchar - Our team helped re-elect Senator Amy Klobuchar to a second term as Minnesota’s senior Senator with a sizeable 34-point margin over her opponent, Kurt Bills.
DSCC IE - We are proud to have assisted the DSCC’s independent expenditure campaign in helping Tammy Baldwin win a close race in Wisconsin against popular former Governor Tommy Thompson, making her the first openly gay politician elected to the U.S. Senate. We are also pleased to have played a key part in turning a tight Senate race in New Mexico into a decisive victory for Martin Heinrich.
Senate Majority PAC - Our work with the Senate Majority PAC helped Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy beat Linda McMahon in a race for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Joe Lieberman. McMahon, who previously ran against GQRR client Senator Richard Blumenthal in 2010, spent a total of nearly $100 million of her money in the 2010 and 2012 races. We also joined Senate Majority PAC in ensuring that, despite a last-minute surge in attacks from his challenger, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Caseywould return to Congress for another term.
Rethink Brownis an independent expenditure campaign to educate the voters about Scott Brown in his race against Elizabeth Warren. Formed by an alliance of progressive organizations and unions, Rethink Brown sought to help Massachusetts voters understand the vast gap between the political rhetoric of certain elected officials and some of the policies they enact. Although its direct electoral activity in the 2012 Senate race was circumscribed by a pledge between the two candidates limiting outside influence, Rethink Brown played a key role in Scott Brown’s defeat by educating Massachusetts voters with opposition research, online and in the press, and through targeted campaign mail at the conclusion of the campaign.
Pete Gallego (TX-23) - After Pete Gallego placed second in the Democratic primary, he brought on GQRR who built a candidate support model that informed its sophisticated GOTV program. He went on to beat Republican incumbent Francisco Canseco and picked up a Democratic seat in deep-red Texas.
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) - After coming from behind to win a very tough three way primary in June, Michelle Lujan Grisham championed access to health care for all and standing up for women’s rights as she won 59 percent of the vote in the general election in a district long considered a top target for both Democrats and Republicans.
Mark Pocan (WI-02) won a decisive 68 percent victory in his bid to succeed Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin’s 2ndCongressional District. Pocan becomes the second openly gay Representative to be sent to Washington DC from Wisconsin.
Gary Peters (MI-14) - After withstanding a Republican wave in 2010, redistricting left Representative Gary Peters without a district in 2012. A message focused on Peters unifying and representing both Detroit and Oakland County earned him a victory in a tough primary in Michigan’s new 14th District, and carried through to Tuesday’s election, where he garnered 81 percent of the vote—equaling the highest support of any member of the Michigan delegation.
DCCC - The DCCC ran an impressive independent expenditure campaign, and we were proud to help them hold critical seats for John Barrow (GA-12) and John Garamendi (CA-03) and expand the Democratic caucus with key pickups for Bill Enyart(IL-12), Steven Horsford (NV-04), and possibly Scott Peters (CA-52).
House Majority PAC - GQRR provided polling and strategic advice on several key races for the House Majority PAC. HMP’s efforts helped Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Brad Schneider (IL-10), andJohn Delaney (MD-06) win victories over Republican incumbents, as well as helping Suzan DelBene win the open seat in WA-01 and being pivotal in helping Representative John Tierney fend off a tough challenge in MA-06.
State Legislature Campaigns
Minnesota House DFL Caucus - The Minnesota House DFL caucus ran a strong and aggressive campaign throughout the state and we take great pride in helping Minnesota Democrats take back control of the House.
New Mexico House and Senate Democrats- We polled for New Mexico Democrats who, despite a multimillion dollar onslaught by Governor Martinez and her Super PACs, managed to hold on to control of the New Mexico House.
Michigan House Caucus- With our polling, Michigan Democrats were able to make solid gains in the Republican-dominated state House this year, picking up six seats. These gains put them in a great position to take back chamber control in the future.
Wendy Davis (Texas House District 10) - State Senator Wendy Davis was singled out by the Chairman of Texas State Party as their number one target of the cycle after filibustering the Republican budget that cut education spending, requiring a special session to be held. Although she endured countless attacks in this campaign, voters responded to her grit and determination. The affinity Davis built with these voters over her first term, as well as a world-class field organization, allowed the incumbent to prevail in one of the most expensive state legislative races in Texas history.
Joe Markosek (Pennsylvania Legislative District 25) - After a narrow victory in 2010, State Rep. Joe Markosek handily won his rematch against Mike Doyle and will return to Harrisburg, where he serves as Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, for a 17th term.
GQR was actively involved in efforts to reform drug laws including winning Initative 502 in Washington, the first successful referendum to legalize access to marijuana, as well as Question 3 in Massachusetts, an initiative that would make marijuana use legal for qualifying patients. Unofficial results are 63-37 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting.