WASHINGTON – As the presidential election is ramping up, states across the nation are still holding primaries, with Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin’s races today.
CUNA VP-Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said credit unions are keeping a close eye on the Connecticut primary, which will determine who will be facing off for Sen. Joe Lieberman’s seat, as the veteran lawmaker is not seeking re-election. CUNA is backing U.S. Rep Chris Murphy in the Democratic primary. Murphy is running against Secretary of State Susan Bysewicz for the privilege of facing off against the winner of the Republican primary between U.S. Rep. Chris Shays and Linda McMahon, former WWE CEO who previously sought a senate seat in 2010.
In Minnesota, credit unions are backing incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in a primary against Dick Franson and Darryl Stanton. The Republican primary also is a three-way race. In Wisconsin, credit unions are backing U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, so all eyes are on the highly-competitive primary for the Republican candidate between former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, businessman Eric Hove and state House Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.
In Florida, credit unions are supporting Sen. Bill Nelson, who is expected to win his primary handily, while U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, a latecomer to the crowded GOP field, is expected to win the Republican nomination.
Over the weekend, credit union-backed U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii won the Democratic bid for the island state’s open Senate seat. She will face off against former Gov. Linda Lingle, who won the Republican primary, in the November election.