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October 30, 2014

GOPAC Endorses Four House Candidates

GOPAC, an organization that grooms Republican state legislators to run for Congress, will endorse four candidates in competitive House races Wednesday, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The group’s endorsement will come with monetary support, including the maximum allowed federal contributions, GOPAC member-driven donations and independent expenditures on behalf of the candidates, according to GOPAC President David Avella.

The state legislators who earned GOPAC’s endorsement are:

  • State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a Republican looking to oust Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire’s 2nd District. Garcia, a rising star in the party, will faces state Sen. Gary Lambert in the primary on Sept. 9.
  • State Del. Barbara Comstock, a Republican running in the open-seat race to replace retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf in Virginia’s 10th District. Comstock, a former Wolf staffer and adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, will likely face a contentious GOP primary and a competitive general election in November.
  • State Sen. Jim Tracy, a Republican looking to oust embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the primary in Tennessee’s 4th District.
  • State Rep. Walt Rogers, a Republican running in the open-seat race to succeed Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in Iowa’s 1st District.

“Because these leaders have participated in our programs, we know they have the knowledge, experience, and integrity to succeed in Washington, and we plan to provide them with the support necessary to get there,” Avella said in a news release.

GOPAC endorsed and spent money for state Rep. Chad Fincher in a September special election primary in Alabama’s 1st District. GOPAC aired ads to bolster Fincher’s candidacy in the race to replace Rep. Jo Bonner, though Fincher lost in the crowded primary.

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