Elections Bring Broad Bipartisan Victories For Anca Endorsed Candida


Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Menendez, Feinstein Win in Senate; Cantor, Grimm, Cicilline Among
Key Victories in House ANCA Issues Statement Congratulating Obama;
Re-Energizes Engagement with White House and Congressional Leaders

Sen. Dianne Feinstein WASHINGTON-Approximately 90 percent of the
Congressional candidates backed by the Armenian National Committee of
America prevailed in Tuesday’s hard-fought elections, as U.S. voters
re-elected Barack Obama President and maintained the Democratic
majority of the Senate and the Republican majority in the House.

“We congratulate President Obama on his victory, commend Governor
Romney for a well run campaign, and thank Armenian American voters
who went to the polls today in record numbers to support federal,
state, and local candidates who support issues of special concern
to our community. We look forward to getting to work right away in
engaging with the Obama Administration and the incoming Congress to
make progress on the full range of the Armenian American community’s
public policy priorities.”

Sen. Robert Menendez “We were greatly gratified to see such a large
percentage of our Congressional endorsees win their races, including
powerful advocates such as Senator Bob Menendez, House Majority Leader
Eric Cantor, Representatives Adam Schiff, Ed Royce, Frank Pallone,
and many others.”

On the Senate side, 12 out of 15 ANCA endorsed candidates emerged
victorious, including senior Senate Foreign Relations Committee member
and Armenian Genocide Resolution lead cosponsor Bob Menendez (D-NJ),
Return of Churches Resolution lead cosponsor Dianne Feinstein (D-CA),
Ben Cardin (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and incoming Senator Chris
Murphy (D-CT). The only ANCA backed Senate candidates to lose were
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, Virginia’s George Allen (R),
and Nevada’s Shelly Berkley (D).

Rep. Adam Schiff On the House side, the ANCA endorsed 130 candidates,
of which only 12 were reported to have lost their re-election bids,
with one race still pending. Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs
Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ed Royce (R-CA) won their elections by wide
margins. Rep. Royce was endorsed earlier today by outgoing House
Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
to become the next Chairman of that powerful committee during the
113th Congress. He may be challenged by another long-time supporter
of Armenian American concerns, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

The two Armenian American Members of Congress – California Democrats
Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier – each won broad support of the
electorate. Among the key House races that the ANCA was following
throughout the evening included House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
(R-VA), Congressional Armenian Genocide Resolution lead cosponsor Adam
Schiff (D-CA), and Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Lois Capps
(D-CA), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Grimm (R-NY),
Janice Hahn (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), David Valadao (R-CA), and
Frank Wolf (R-VA). All won their races. In a highly competitive race
between two long-time supporters of Armenian American concerns, Rep.

Brad Sherman (D-CA) defeated Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA).

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Among the House races in which ANCA
endorsed candidates were not successful were those involving Illinois
Republican Robert Dold and Armenian American candidate Danny Tarkanian
from Nevada.

Unprecedented Armenian American Community and Campaign Outreach:
In dozens of states and hundreds of Congressional Districts across
the United States in which the ANCA endorsed candidates ran, the ANCA
sent hundreds of thousands of customized e-mail messages to Armenian
American voters. These messages featured the ANCA grade for each
candidate, news about whether the ANCA has endorsed their campaign,
and a listing of ANCA records and ratings for their state’s full
Congressional delegation.

The ANCA’s final push built upon months of voter registration campaigns
and community education and empowerment programs – led with the
remarkably successful ANCA Western Region Hye Votes campaign. ANCA
regional and local activists volunteered on campaigns and encouraged
candidates to fill out the ANCA Candidate Questionnaire.

Rep. David Cicilline A key element of this effort, as in years past,
has been ANCA Congressional Report Cards, a detailed review and rating
of the records of each Congressional incumbent on more than a dozen
individual legislative initiatives of special concern to Armenian
American voters.

Listing of ANCA Endorsed Congressional Candidates and Election Results

** Ordered by State, then by Senate and New House Congressional
District (per the 2010 Census).

** Names are listed as follows: District, Name, (Party)

Arizona 3 Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) – won

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) – Senate – won 5 Rep. Mike
Thompson (D) – won 6 Rep. Doris Matsui (D) – won 7 Rep. Dan Lungren (R)
– RACE TOO CLOSE TO CALL 10 Rep. Jeff Denham (R) – won 12 Rep. Nancy
Pelosi (D) – won 13 Rep. Barbara Lee (D) – won 14 Rep. Jackie Speier
(D) – won 15 Rep. Pete Stark (D) – lost 16 Rep. Jim Costa (D) – won 17
Rep. Michael Honda (D) – won 18 Rep. Anna Eshoo (D) – won 19 Rep. Zoe
Lofgren (D) – won 21 David Valadao (R) – won 22 Rep. Devin Nunes
(R) – won 23 Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) – won 24 Rep. Lois Capps (D) –
won 27 Rep. Judy Chu (D) – won 28 Rep. Adam Schiff (D) – won 29 Tony
Cardenas (D) – won 32 Rep. Grace Napolitano (D) – won 33 Rep. Henry
Waxman (D) – won 34 Rep. Xavier Becerra (D) – won 35 Rep. Joe Baca
(D) – lost 37 Rep. Karen Bass (D) – won 38 Rep. Linda Sanchez (D)
– won 39 Rep. Edward Royce (R) – won 40 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
(D) – won 42 Rep. Ken Calvert (R) – won 44 Rep. Janice Hahn (D) –
won 46 Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) – won 48 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R)
– won 53 Rep. Susan Davis (D) – won

Colorado 1 Rep. Diana DeGette (D) – won 2 Rep. Jared Polis (D) – won
3 Sal Pace (D) – lost 4 Rep. Cory Gardner (R) – won 5 Rep. Douglas
Lamborn (R) – won 6 Rep. Mike Coffman (R) – won 7 Rep. Edwin Perlmutter
(D) – won

Connecticut Rep. Chris Murphy (D) – Senate – won 1 Rep. John Larson
(D) – won 2 Rep. Joe Courtney (D) – won 3 Rep. Rosa Delauro (D) –
won 4 Rep. Jim Himes (D) – won

Florida 12 Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R) – won 18 Rep. Allen West (R) –
lost 21 Rep. Ted Deutch (D) – won 24 Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) –
won 25 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) – won 26 Rep. David Rivera (R) – lost

Georgia 11 Patrick Thompson (D) – lost

Hawaii Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) – Senate – won

Idaho 1 Rep. Raul Labrador (R) – won

Illinois 1 Rep. Bobby Rush (D) – won 2 Rep. Jesse Jackson (D) –
won 3 Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D) – won 5 Rep. Mike Quigley (D) – won 6
Rep. Peter Roskam (R) – won 7 Rep. Danny Davis (D) – won 9 Rep. Janice
Schakowsky (D) – won 10 Rep. Robert Dold (R) – lost

Indiana 1 Rep. Peter Visclosky (D) – won

Iowa 1 Rep. Bruce Braley (D) – won

Maine 1 Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) – won 2 Rep. Michael Michaud (D) – won

Maryland Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) – Senate – won 3 Rep. John Sarbanes
(D) – won 5 Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) – won 8 Rep. Christopher Van Hollen
(D) – won

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) – Senate – lost 1 Rep. Richard
Neal (D) – won 2 Rep. James McGovern (D) – won 3 Rep. Niki Tsongas
(D) – won 4 Joseph Kennedy III (D) – won 5 Rep. Edward Markey (D)
– won 6 Rep. John Tierney (D) – won 7 Rep. Michael Capuano (D) –
won 8 Rep. Stephen Lynch (D) – won 9 Rep. William Keating (D) – won

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) – Senate – won 6 Rep. Fred Upton
(R) – won 9 Rep. Sander Levin (D) – won 12 Rep. John Dingell (D) –
won 13 Rep. John Conyers (D) – won 14 Rep. Gary Peters (D) – won

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) – Senate – won 1 Rep. Timothy Walz (D)
– won 4 Rep. Betty McCollum (D) – won 7 Rep. Collin Peterson (D) – won

Nebraska 1 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R) – won

Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) – Senate – lost 1 Former Rep. Dina
Titus (D) – won 4 Danny Tarkanian (R) – lost

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez (D) – Senate – won 1 Rep. Robert
Andrews (D) – won 2 Rep. Frank Lobiondo (R) – won 4 Rep. Christopher
Smith (R) – won 5 Rep. Scott Garrett (R) – won 6 Rep. Frank Pallone
(D) – won 8 Rep. Albio Sires (D) – won 11 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
(R) – won 12 Rep. Rush Holt (D) – won

New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) – Senate – won

New York 1 Rep. Tim Bishop (D) – won 2 Rep. Peter King (R) –
won 3 Rep. Steve Israel (D) – won 4 Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D) –
won 10 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D) – won 11 Rep. Michael Grimm (R) –
won 12 Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) – won 13 Rep. Charles Rangel (D) –
won 14 Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) – won 16 Rep. Eliot Engel (D) – won
17 Rep. Nita Lowey (D) – won 20 Rep. Paul Tonko (D) – won 24 Rep. Ann
Marie Buerkle (R) – lost 26 Rep. Brian Higgins (D) – won

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) – Senate – won 9 Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D)
– won 16 Rep. Betty Sue Sutton (D) – lost

Oregon 4 Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) – won

Pennsylvania 1 Rep. Robert Brady (D) – won 2 Rep. Chaka Fattah (D)
– won 3 Rep. Mike Kelly (R) – won 7 Rep. Patrick Meehan (R) – won 8
Kathy Boockvar (D) – lost 13 Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) – won

Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) – Senate 1 Rep. David
Cicilline (D) – won 2 Rep. James Langevin (D) – won

Tennessee 2 Rep. John Duncan (R) – won

Texas 29 Rep. Gene Green (D) – won 35 Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D) – won

Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders (I) – Senate – won AL Rep. Peter Welch
(D) – won

Virginia Former Sen. George Allen (R) – Senate – lost 4 Rep. Randy
Forbes (R) – won 7 Rep. Eric Cantor (R) – won 10 Rep. Frank Wolf (R)
– won

Washington 1 John Koster (R) – lost 7 Rep. Jim McDermott (D) – won

Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) – Senate – won 1 Rep. Paul Ryan (R)
– won