Priority Candidates

2016 Priority Candidates

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Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s 2016 Top Targeted U.S. Senate Races

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Katie McGinty (D) – PA – Challenger
LCV score N/A
  • Cook Political Report: Republican Toss-up
  • PVI D+1
  • Roll Call: Toss-up
Opponent: Pat Toomey
LCV score: 2015: 0% Life: 7%
“A couple of key considerations says to me, one, getting the price on carbon is essential. It is necessary. I’m not sure it’s sufficient,” said Kathleen McGinty at a 2007 Brookings Institution forum in support of the need for carbon pricing to fight climate change. McGinty’s website says, “Climate change presents a serious global threat to our health, economic well-being and national security. In the Senate, I will lead the way to a healthier and safer environment by working to pass commonsense climate protections with investments in energy efficiency and clean energy.” Karyn Strickler, president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC said, “We believe that Katie McGinty has a deep knowledge of the issue and the urgency around climate change. She is one of our 3, top priority U.S. Senate candidates in part because she understands the need for a carbon tax.” • READ MORE

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Russ Feingold (D) – WI – Challenger
LCV score: Life: 95%
  • Cook Political Report: Republican Toss-up
  • PVI D+2
  • Roll Call: Tilts Democratic
Opponent: Ron Johnson
LCV score: 2015: 0% Life: 4%
Russ Feingold voted to factor global warming into federal project planning, to remove federal tax subsidies for oil and gas exploration, and to disallow oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “Russ Feingold co-sponsored the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act and Clean Power Act of 2007. He is a proven leader on energy and climate issues. These are some of the reasons why he is one of our top 3, priority U.S. Senate candidates in 2016,” said Karyn Strickler, president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC. According to On the Issues, “In 2003 Feingold sponsored so-called "4P" legislation, which would have used the Clean Air Act to reduce four pollutants at coal-fired power plants, including carbon.” • READ MORE

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WINNER Maggie Hassan (D) – NH – Challenger
LCV score N/A
  • Cook Political Report: Republican Toss-up
  • PVI D+1
  • Roll Call: Toss-up
Opponent: Kelly Ayotte
LCV score: 2015: 56% Life: 35%
Maggie Hassan’s website says, “Maggie believes that combating climate change is critical to our economy, our environment, our people, and our way of life – and she has made clear that we must take stronger action to support clean energy alternatives and curb the devastating effects of climate change…Maggie also supports the recent Paris Agreement on climate change and believes the United States must take action to implement the agreement while ensuring that our international partners also fulfill their obligations.” Hassan says her opponent votes to block the EPA from having the ability to reduce greenhouse gases. “The power of the climate issue as an electoral issue is growing if we are able to elect Maggie Hassan as one of our top 3, priority U.S. Senate races, that strength will continue to increase,” said Karyn Strickler, president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC. • READ MORE


Special thanks to our volunteer Jake Assael for his candidate research.

Vote Climate U.S. PAC
2016 Priority Candidates

Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s mission is to elect candidates to get off fossil fuels and to put a price on carbon. We don’t choose our top priority candidates from safe districts. Nor do we choose districts to challenge climate change deniers who cannot be defeated.

We pick our top priority candidates from swing districts and states where victory means we’re on the cutting edge, increasing our voting bloc and leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. We chose our 2016 priority U.S. House and U.S. Senate races to position climate change as a powerful, electoral issue.

Priority races are chosen from hotly contested, swing districts where:

  • Victory is not guaranteed and support from climate voters and activists could make all the difference.
  • Climate change is a pivotal issue that could be the difference between victory and defeat.
  • Priority candidates are leaders on the issue and there is a sharp distinction between them and their opponent on climate change.
  • Victory could make a difference for the issue by electing a climate leader.

Please be a part of the electoral movement for federal action on climate change with Vote Climate U.S. PAC.

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