WASHINGTON – All of the U.S. Senate candidates CUNA backed in Tuesday’s primaries came through with flying colors, the trade group reported.
“All of the races we were following were for the Senate, and turned out as we expected,” CUNA VP-Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said.
In Connecticut, CU-backed Rep. Chris Murphy defeated Secretary of State Susan Bysewicz for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman. In Florida, CU-backed Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson easily won his bid to face off against U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, who handily won the GOP primary. In Minnesota, CU-backed Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar won her primary and will face schoolteacher Kurt Bills in the general election come November.
Credit unions also supported Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who was uncontested in the Democratic primary for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat and now faces a tough race against former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who won his party’s nomination in the primary.