CVF Backed Candidates Successful in

U. S. Senate Races But Not Over Yet

Ted Cruz in Texas, Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee, Josh Hawley in Missouri, Mike Braun in Indiana, and Ken Cramer in North Dakota are all victorious and all supported by Conservative Victory Fund. (See below for more information on some of these races.)

In Florida Rick Scott is ahead of liberal Democrat Senator Ben Nelson but Nelson is seeking a recount as the margin is slim. In Arizona Martha McSally leads liberal Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by almost 16,000 votes with almost all votes counted.

In the special election for the Mississippi Senate seat that was vacated by the resignation of then Senator Thad Cochran there will be a runoff on November 27. The two leading candidates going into the runoff are the Republican (who was appointed to fill the Cochran seat) Cindy Hyde-Smith versus the liberal Democrat Mike Espy (who was in President Bill Clinton's Cabinet).

Senator Ted Cruz: "This election was a battle of ideas"

Senator Ted Cruz's great victory in Texas is one of which conservatives throughout the country can be proud. While ultra-liberals from such places as Hollywood, New York City, and Silicon Valley provided his opponent Beto O'Rourke with an unbelievable $70 million, Senator Ted Cruz proved that hard work, a strong commitment to conservative principles, and putting those principles into practice can still win.

As Senator Ted Cruz said election night, "This election was a battle of ideas.... The people of Texas rendered a verdict that we want a future with more jobs, and more security, and more freedom. . . Securing the border and keeping our community safe and defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and that is a common sense agenda that unites Texans from every part of the state."

Ted Cruz will continue being a leader for conservatives throughout our great country. Conservative Victory Fund is proud to support him and congratulates him and the people of Texas on his win.

Tennessee Conservatism Comes to the Fore: Blackburn Big Winner

According to the Democrats and much of the news media a short time ago, Texas and Tennessee were supposed to show the strength of the Democrats in the 2018 Senate elections. Much ballyhooed Beto O'Rouke in Texas and former Governor Phil Bredesen in Tennessee were supposed to help lead the Democrats to a Senate majority. It didn't quite work out.

In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn easily beat the former Governor to take over the Senate seat held by the retiring Senator Bob Corker. The new Senator won by 10 percentage points (more than 242,000 votes) over Bredesen.

Marsha Blackburn is known in Congress as a solid conservative. She began her campaign by calling herself a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative." In her victory speech Senator-elect Blackburn thanked President Trump and Vice President Pence for their help. She also stated that she will "work with the President and keep this nation on the path to prosperity that we are on today."

Look for Marsha Blackburn to be another leader for conservatives in the Senate.

Big Missouri Victory for Conservatives

In the last few days of the campaign, soon-to-be former Senator Claire McCaskill attacked "crazy Democrats" (her words) and said how she wasn't one. But the residents of Missouri knew better.

With McCaskill's lifetime conservative vote rating of 11.45% by the American Conservative Union and her vote against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, she showed exactly what she was.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley defeated McCaskill handily by almost 6 percentage points and received over 145,000 votes more than she did.

In the words of Senator-elect Hawley, "What the people of Missouri said tonight is that they want a Senator who actually stands with the people of Missouri, who represents our values & and who will fight for us in Washington, DC. And I will." He also promised to fight to secure the border with Mexico, to push for pro-Constitution judges, and to "bring back jobs from overseas to get wages growing."

Another conservative supported by CVF.

Hall of Shame: Seven Senate Democrats Targeted by CVF Opposed Kavanaugh Confirmation to Supreme Court

How can anyone forget the savage attacks that recently took place on Judge Kavanaugh, his wife and daughters during his recent confirmation hearings?

The seven Democrats below all voted against the Judge Kavanaugh's nomination even after the despicable attacks on him and his family. While protesters disrupted hearings and Democrat Senators worked to destroy Judge Kavanaugh's reputation, the following Senators went along to deny Judge Kavanaugh a seat on the Supreme Court.

Conservative Victory Fund is helping the pro-Kavanaugh opponent of each of these 7 incumbents who were anti-Kavanaugh. (Four of the seven also voted against the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A fifth -- Senator Smith of Minnesota -- had not yet taken the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat of Al Franken.)

State . . . . . . . U.S. Senator . . . . . Gorsuch . . . . . . . Kavanaugh

Florida . . . . . . . Nelson . . . . . . . . . . Nay . . . . . . . . . . Nay

Indiana . . . . . . Donnelly . . . . . . . . . Yea . . . . . . . . . . Nay

Minnesota . . . . Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A . . . . . . . . . . Nay

Missouri . . . . . . McCaskill . . . . . . . . . . Nay . . . . . . . . . .Nay

Montana . . . . . .Tester . . . . . . . . . . . . Nay . . . . . . . . . .Nay

North Dakota . . Heitkamp . . . . . . . . . . Yea . . . . . . . . . .Nay

Wisconsin . . . . . Baldwin . . . . . . . . . . . Nay . . . . . . . . . Nay

Update: More CVF-Backed Candidates Win Primaries

With the primary season beginning to wind down and the vitally important November elections fast approaching, Conservative Victory Fund has supported solid conservative open seat candidates and incumbents in primaries across the country. An earlier report that can be found on this site listed some of CVF-supported candidates and incumbents who have already won their primaries.

Within the past few weeks, several more primaries have taken place. Among Senate primaries that CVF- backed candidates won in August are the following:

  • U.S. Senator John Barrasso, Wyoming
  • U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
  • MO Attorney General Josh Hawley, Missouri
  • State Senator Karin Housley, Minnesota

Each is now running for the U.S. Senate. Marsha Blackburn is running for an open Senate seat in Tennessee against a Democrat former governor.

Josh Hawley is running against liberal Claire McCaskill in Missouri where McCaskill said she was going on an RV tour of the state and later had to admit that she was using her private plane for part of the time. McCaskill also is known as a reliable vote for Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer and has been part of the effort to hamstring the Senate.

State Senator Karen Housley is known as a courageous conservative leader in the Minnesota legislature. Her opponent in November is the appointed and self-described "progressive" Tina Smith who is and promises to be one of the most liberal Senators in the U.S. Senate who opposes constitutionalist judges on all levels and is a willing participant in Chuck Schumer's obstructionism in the Senate.

CVF-Backed Candidates Winning Primaries

Many primaries for the U.S. Congress have already taken place. Several states are still having their primaries like Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

CVF supported solid conservative open seat candidates and incumbents in primaries across the country. Among primaries that CVF- backed candidates won are the following:

  • Michael Cloud, TX-27 (Open seat and special election due to resignation of incumbent)
  • Russ Fulcher, ID-1 (Open seat due to incumbent Raul Labrador running for Governor)
  • Greg Pence, IN-6 (Open seat due to incumbent Luke Messer ran in primary for U.S. Senate. Greg is also the brother of Vice President Mike Pence who was supported by CVF in each of his Congressional elections and is a good friend of CVF)
  • Dana Rohrabacher, CA-48 (Incumbent who had to run in the California "jungle" primary where all candidates who seek the office run against each other and the top two vote getters face each other in the November election)
  • Chip Roy, TX-21 (Open seat due to Lamar Smith's retirement)
  • Jay Webber, NJ-11 (Open seat due to incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen's retirement)

President Trump Nominates Constitutionalist for Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate with its Republican majority has approved more than 20 judges for the nation's second highest courts. President Trump's successful nomination and approval of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court also depended on the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.

Now President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the latest Supreme Court vacancy. Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer has already declared all-out war on this nominee. Schumer and his left-wing allies in the Senate and in the media are attacking with half-truths and some outright falsehoods as part of their attempt to take back the Senate in November. The result would be no more good nominees to the Supreme Court and other federal courts. That why this November's election is so important.

Below see some examples how Judge Brett Kavanaugh has already stood up against overreaching regulations.

Rejects Agency Overreach

Judge Kavanaugh has overruled federal agency action 75 times.

In White Stallion Energy Center LLC v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh rejected EPA's efforts to impose massive emissions regulations without considering costs.

  • In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court agreed.

In Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh argued in dissent from denial of rehearing en banc that the Obama EPA's burdensome greenhouse gas regulations for power plants exceeded its authority and that courts should "not lightly conclude that Congress intended" to "impose enormous costs on tens of thousands of American businesses, with corresponding effects on American jobs and workers."

  • In a decision authored by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court agreed.

In EME Homer City Generation v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh held that the Obama EPA's cross-state air pollution rule was unlawful and imposed excessive regulatory burdens on the states.

Respects Corporate Entities' First Amendment Rights

In U.S. Telecom Ass'n v. FCC, Judge Kavanaugh dissented from denial of rehearing en banc in a case upholding net neutrality. Judge Kavanaugh argued that the net neutrality rule exceeded the FCC's authority and violated the First Amendment, arguing that "the Government must keep its hands off the editorial decisions of Internet service providers."

In Emily's List v. FEC, Judge Kavanaugh struck down FEC regulations that limited independent political spending by non-profit organizations, ruling that the regulations violated the First Amendment "right of citizens to band together and pool their resources . . . in order to express their views about policy issues and candidates."

Mandates Accountability for Independent Agencies

In PHH Corp. v. CFPB, Judge Kavanaugh concluded that the structure of the CFPB-whose single director wields massive power but cannot be removed by the President except for cause-impermissibly invades the President's power to supervise the Executive Branch. He noted that independent agencies "pose a significant threat to individual liberty and to the constitutional system of separation of powers."

In Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB, Judge Kavanaugh concluded that provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act insulating the PCAOB from presidential control by making its members removable for cause only by the SEC violated the Constitution.

  • In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court agreed.

U.S. House Conservatives and Trump Administration Start Clawing Back Overspending

From the House Republican Study Committee:

President Trump transmitted a special message to Congress reporting 38 rescissions totaling $15.4 billion. This is the largest single rescissions package ever proposed.

RSC Members are commending the President and OMB Director Mulvaney for presenting this package to Congress. They believe it should be quickly passed through both Chambers and sent back to the President for signature. The Impoundment Control Act is just one of many tools conservatives can use to fulfill a promise to the American people and begin the process of getting federal spending under control. Many Members would like to see this as the first of many rescission packages.

In a recent poll of its members, 100% of RSC Members said the House should work with the President to pass a rescission bill and 71% said they would like to see rescissions reach over $60 billion.

What RSC Members are saying:

"When I saw the [$11 billion] amount reported this morning, my reaction was that it was a good start but it is certainly not enough. And [I] would hope that this effort would lead to a larger effort to overhaul significant federal spending in the months ahead before the end of the Congress. That is certainly what my district expects us to do & to rein in federal spending."
-Rep. Jim Banks

"Congress should pursue another rescission package that would cancel spending in the omnibus signed March 23 by Trump. There is nothing that stops them from delivering another rescission package in a month that includes money from this omnibus,"
-Rep. Ken Buck

"There's no denying it, Washington has a spending problem. I support President Trump's decision to cut wasteful government programs and roll back over $15 billion in spending."
-Rep. Kevin Brady

"Rescissions, Great tool to clean out the spending underbrush. Hasn't been used in almost 20 yrs. And it gets us around the Senate filibuster! A big win for the American people. Thanks @MickMulvaneyOMB & @POTUS"
-Rep. Tom Graves

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