After what seemed to be the longest election season in history, it is finally over. The Republican Party will control all three branches of government for the first time since 2006. All eyes will be on what the Republican Party will do with this new found power and what changes they will make to the Obama legacy. With that said, HUPAC's work is just beginning in what proved to be the most successful cycle for the PAC in terms of backing the winning candidate.
HUPAC posted a 94% win rate this year (two races are still too close to call) compared to a 91% win rate in 2014 and a 77% win rate in 2012. This means that your HUPAC money is not going to waste and is supporting candidates for Congress who can make a difference in the lives of brokers, agents, and benefit specialists. HUPAC contributed to 205 winning candidates, which equaled to $609,500, while $45,500 went to 10 candidates who lost. Candidates running for the House received 79% of the contributions while Senate candidates received 21%. Candidates running as Republicans received 68% of the contributions while Democrats received 32%.
HUPAC also posted its best win rate ever among Senate candidates. Senate races are usually tougher to predict than House races, but thanks to the diligent work of the HUPAC board and staff, we scrutinized every request to make sure we did not throw good money away. HUPAC posted an 81% win rate in the Senate compared to 78% in 2014 and 50% in 2012.
Lastly, HUPAC improved their win rate in open seats or candidates who were challenging an incumbent. HUPAC posted a 70% win rate for these types of races compared to 58% in 2014 and 43% in 2012.
Even with all those wins, we did lose some champions this cycle. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) lost her re-election bid versus Governor Maggie Hassan. Hassan won by a mere 738 votes. Many thought Ayotte would request a recount, but surprisingly conceded late Wednesday. Ayotte helped champion and pass the small group market bill that let states define their small group size.
Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH) also lost his re-election bid. In what has become a sort of ritual between him and his successor Carol Shea Porter. They have traded the seat back and forth now for the fourth time. Guinta was the lead co-sponsor for the repeal of the Cadillac tax on health insurance plans.
Congressman Brad Ashford (D-NE) also lost his re-election bid. Ashford represented a Republican district and won the seat in 2014 during a poor Democratic year. He faced a tough challenger in the form of Don Bacon, a retired Air Force General. Ashford was a champion for agents and brokers signing on to most of our legislative priorities.
With one party controlling the legislative agenda, it means legislation will move quickly and HUPAC needs to be there on the front lines to educate members of Congress on the importance of agents, brokers, and benefit specialists in our healthcare system. So it's more important than ever to be a HUPAC contributor. If you're not one already, become one today! Click here.