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CULAC backs Ohio Indiana primary victors
WASHINGTON (5/6/10)--A pair of Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC)-backed primary candidates will move on to their respective general elections after declaring victory on Tuesday. In one such race, Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher (D) overcame Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) in the primary for the seat of retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R). Fisher won with 55% of the total vote. Fisher will face Republican Rob Portman, who has served in both the House and as former president George W. Bush’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Fisher won the Democratic primary with the support of the Ohio Credit Union League and the maximum contribution of $5,000 from CULAC. A recent poll published by Quinnipiac showed Fisher with a narrow three-point lead over Portman, and most observers anticipate it being among the most competitive races this fall. Congressional incumbent Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who was also supported by CULAC, narrowly defeated his six primary rivals this week, while aspiring House member and current Indiana State Senator Brandt Hershman (R) fell short in his bid to take on Democratic candidate David Sanders (D). Both Hershman and Burton were also supported by CULAC with maximum donations of $5,000 each, and had the full support of the Indiana Credit Union League. Tuesday's elections marked the first of twenty four primaries over the next two months, and many races will involve credit union allies, noted CUNA Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins. "We look forward to working with leagues and credit unions to help our friends win tight races."


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