August 2004

ROOFPAC's primary election victories | Capitol Hill

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ROOFPAC's primary election victories

by Craig S. Brightup
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NRCA's political action committee, ROOFPAC, most often supports U.S. Senate and House of Representatives candidates who will be or have been nominated by their respective political parties for the general election. There are times, however, when ROOFPAC becomes involved in a primary election because it is imperative the best candidate for NRCA with the best chance of winning the general election, must, if possible, become the nominee. This scenario unfolded in South Carolina's Republican primary and run-off elections to select a Senate nominee.

Congressman Jim DeMint is the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring incumbent Ernest Hollings (D). DeMint finished second to former Gov. David Beasley (R) in the June 8 primary. But because Beasley received less than the 50 percent needed to win the primary outright, a run-off election was held June 22. DeMint quickly received endorsements from the other two Republican candidates who finished behind him in the primary and went on to handily defeat Beasley in the run-off election.

DeMint became the Republican nominee in part because of support from ROOFPAC and other business PACs, including that of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (for more information, see "NRCA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," June issue, page 14).

ROOFPAC and the chamber supported DeMint from the beginning of his campaign because of his pro-business record in Congress, as well as his policy agenda and experience. He continues to be the overwhelming choice of business PACs for the general election in his race against Democratic nominee Inez Tenenbaum, state education superintendent, and has a good chance...

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