Two pro-arms control candidates have emerged victorious in primary elections held late in the year. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) are both well-positioned to defeat their Republican opponents, but first they had to get through contentious and expensive primaries. Last minute donations can help them build on their success and go on to victory in November.
Ann McLane Kuster is a community activist running to fill the House seat left open by Rep. Paul Hodes (D) as he runs for Senate. Kuster has spent years working tirelessly to advocate for public access to healthcare and higher education. She has also toiled hard to promote peace and human rights. She vocally opposed the Iraq war before it began. She publicly disagreed with President Obama’s decision to escalate the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.
Kuster’s opponent is former Rep. Charles Bass. Bass represented this district for five terms until he was defeated by Hodes in 2006. Over his many years in office, Bass earned a 23% on the Council for a Livable World voting record. Polls show the race between Bass and Kuster to be neck and neck.
Cedric Richmond has represented New Orleans in the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2000. Now he is running for the U.S. Congress in the 2nd Congressional District. Richmond is a progressive who supports the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.
Richmond’s opponent is Republican Rep. Joe Cao. Cao was elected in 2008 under a unique set of circumstances. The Democratic incumbent in that election was Rep. William Jefferson, who was under indictment for corruption at the time and has since been convicted. In addition, the devastation from Hurricane Gustav caused the election to be delayed until December. Between the unusual timing and the effects of the storm, turnout was particularly low. Even so, Cao only narrowly defeated Jefferson, 50-47%.
This race is considered a top Democratic pick-up opportunity, but the late contested primary election makes the race competitive. Richmond only emerged as the candidate on August 28th, with a severely depleted war chest. Late contributions will be key to getting him over the finish line.