WASHINGTON (5/11/12)--Credit union-backed candidates experienced mixed results in this week's electoral contests, as primaries were held in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.
The biggest news of this week's primaries came when longtime incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), a 36-year veteran of that body, lost his primary to Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Lugar was supported by the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC).
CULAC-backed candidates performed well in other Tuesday primary contests.
Indiana State Representative Jackie Walorski (R) won the GOP nomination to succeed Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) in the House, and will face Democratic nominee Brendan Mullen in what is expected to be a competitive general election contest for Indiana's second district House of Representatives seat. Another state rep and credit union supporter, Luke Messer (R), easily won the Republican nomination for the seat vacated by the retiring Rep. Dan Burton (R).
In North Carolina, strong credit union supporter Rep. Walter Jones (R) held on to his Republican nomination, and, on the state level, former North Carolina Community FCU, Goldsboro, N.C., employee John Bell IV (R), who was supported by the North Carolina Credit Union League, defeated incumbent State House member Steven LaRoque by a 54 vote margin. However, LaRoque has requested a recount, according to the Goldsboro Daily News.
Credit Union National Association Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said CULAC "will continue to be in the game on behalf of credit union-friendly candidates, and will aggressively support credit union friends in this year's elections."
The presidency, congressional seats, and state and local positions are all at stake in 2012.