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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