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MN Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association

November 6, 2014
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The dust is still settling in a handful of U.S. Senate and House races, but I want to give you a snapshot of where we stand.  I currently project that Republicans will gain 15 seats in the House, giving them their largest majority since 1928.  And in the Senate, Republicans are likely to gain a total of 8 seats, which would include Alaska (hasn't been called yet), but not Virginia (Democrat incumbent leads by roughly 12,000 votes).  The Louisiana Senate race is headed to a December 6th runoff, where pundits agree that the Republican will begin as a slight favorite, giving the Republicans potentially a 9-seat gain heading into the 114th Congress.

 

 

It was a big night on multiple levels, including that of InsurPac, which supported more campaigns than ever before.  InsurPac distributed $1,836,169 this election cycle.  It supported 292 races, winning 272 of them for a 93% victory rate.  You can be extremely proud of how effectively your InsurPac investments were put to use.

 

Below is a quick summary of key senate races and their outcomes, as well as competitive congressional races where agents were running.  If you have questions about any particular races, please let me know. 

 

Republican Senate Gains:

  • AR Senate - Tom Cotton (R) v. Mark Pryor (D-Incumbent) - Cotton wins; R+1
  • CO Senate - Cory Gardner (R) v. Mark Udall (D-Incumbent) - Gardner wins: R+2
  • IA Senate - Bruce Braley (D) v. Joni Ernst (R) - Ernst wins; R+3
  • MT Senate - Steve Daines (R) v. Amanda Curtis (D) - Daines wins; R+4
  • NC Senate - Kay Hagan (D-Incumbent) v. Thom Tillis (R) - Tillis wins; R+5
  • SD Senate - Larry Pressler (I) v. Mike Rounds (R) v. Rick Weiland (D) - Rounds wins; R+6
  • WV Senate - Shelley Moore Capito (R) v. Natalie Tennant (D) - Capito wins; R+7 

Republican Holds:

  • GA Senate - Michelle Nunn (D) v. David Perdue (R) - Perdue holds
  • KS Senate - Greg Orman (I) v. Pat Roberts (R-Incumbent) - Roberts holds
  • KY Senate - Alison Grimes (D) v. Mitch McConnell (R-Incumbent) - McConnell holds

Democratic Holds:

  • NH Senate - Scott Brown (R) v. Jeanne Shaheen (D-Incumbent) - Shaheen holds

Undecided Senate Races:

  • AK Senate - Mark Begich (D-Incumbent) v. Dan Sullivan (R) - Sullivan likely to prevail
  • LA Senate - Bill Cassidy (R) v. Mary Landrieu (D-Incumbent) - neither topped 50%; Dec. 6 runoff
  • VA Senate - Ed Gillespie (R) v. Mark Warner (D-Incumbent) - Warner likely to prevail

Agent Senate Race:

  • SD Senate (noted above) - Mike Rounds (R) wins and will become the first independent agent to serve in the U.S. Senate since Wendell Ford (D-KY) in the late 1990s.

Agent House Races:

  • AZ 1st District - Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Incumbent) v. Andy Tobin (R):  Tobin, a licensed insurance agent for more than 20 years, appears to have been defeated.
  • IL 12th District - Bill Enyart (D-Incumbent) v. Mike Bost (R):  Bost, a licensed independent insurance agent and current State House member wins.
  • MA 6th District - Seth Moulton (D) v. Richard Tisei (R):  Tisei, a licensed insurance agent, defeated.

Nathan Riedel 

Big "I" VP, Political Affairs
 


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