FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2012
DelBene Wins a Pro-Choice Seat in the U.S. House
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, congratulated Suzan DelBene for her successful bid to represent Washington state’s newly drawn 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I congratulate the Suzan DelBene campaign for a job well done,” said Keenan. “Rep.-elect DelBene’s win represents a crucial victory for women’s reproductive rights. Voters have become tired of the legislative attacks on our reproductive freedom and privacy. We, along with our affiliate NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, were proud to support DelBene’s campaign and help send another pro-choice leader to Congress.”
DelBene’s challenger, Jon Koster (R), made headlines when he referred to abortion exceptions in the case of rape or incest as, “the rape thing.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed and contributed $5,000 to Suzan DelBene’s campaign for Congress.
During the 2012 election cycle, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC spent more than $3.3 million to support President Obama, incumbent pro-choice senators and congressional representatives and challengers running in states and districts throughout the country. This amount includes more than $700,000 in direct contributions to federal candidates and committees; nearly $200,000 on member communications; and more than $1.3 million on independent-expenditure activity.
NARAL Pro-Choice America’s independent expenditure program included mail, phones, television, and Internet advertising to reach 338,020 targeted pro-choice Obama defector voters in 25 counties within nine battleground states: CO, FL, IA, NC, NH, NV, OH, VA, WI. These “defectors” are women voters who supported President Obama in 2008, but were unsure or not planning to support his re-election.
Get more information about NARAL Pro-Choice America’s electoral activities and other NARAL-endorsed candidates who also won their races.