Republican lawmakers were shocked and disappointed by the severe defeat of a candidate in a major runoff in North Carolina, despite receiving prominent advocates and support from outside groups.
Dr. Joan Perry, a pediatrician who competed in her first election, lost 20 points against MP Greg Murphy in the runoff election to be the Republican nominee replacing the deceased MP. Walter Jones Walter Beaman JonesGreg Murphy Wins GOP Elementary School Runoff for the Seat of North Carolina House The GOP Women's Super PAC encounters "out-of-touch" in the NC Runoff GOP study Candidates and Strengthen Efforts to Recruit MORE (R) Candidates in the 3rd District of North Carolina.
Legislators say the scale of the loss highlights the challenges faced by Republicans in recruiting and recruiting more female candidates after the number of Republican legislators in the House of Representatives rose from 23 to 13 after the interim years of last year had sunk.
Legislators and Foreign Ministers Groups also pledged to reassess their recruitment strategy at a time when Democrats voted for a record number of legislators last year, many of them in key suburban swing districts that would need to win back Republicans in 2020 to regain the House of Representatives.
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"It's just extraordinarily difficult," she told The Hill about trying to close the GOP gap between the sexes. "So we regroup, find out where we lack of weaknesses, and Embark on it. "
Murphy had received the recognition of a number of high-profile Republicans, including representatives of the Freedom Caucus founders. Mark Meadows Mark Randall MeadowsGreg Murphy Wins GOP Primary Runoff for Seat in North Carolina China installs surveillance apps on visitors' mobile phones Internet provider Cloudflare suffers from outage | Consumer groups are trying to stop the cryptocurrency on Facebook MORE (RN.C.) And Jim Jordan Daniel Jordan Greg Murphy wins the GOP main runoff for the North Carolina House DHS officials who want to grill over facial recognition Tech Hillicon Valley: Critics push FTC on YouTube | Analysts expect regulatory issues with the cryptocurrency of Facebook | Senators should receive information on election security | The FBI ICE reportedly uses license plate photos for facial recognition MORE (R-Ohio) after the legislature agreed to join the group if elected.
The House Freedom Action Fund, affiliated with the Freedom Caucus, has spent $ 236,000 defeating Perry in the contest.
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However, Perry was not without means or endorsements. In the end, she raised $ 373,851 for elementary school and runoff, out of the $ 543,991 Murphy had collected.
But she had the backing of several Republican female PACs, including the Winning For Women Action Fund, who lost more than $ 680,000 to assist Murphy and Perry in the runoff.
And she had prominent advocacy, including support for all 13 women in the House Republican Conference and the widow of former MP Jones. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich Newton Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) Also recorded a robocall for her.
Rep. Susan Brooks Susan Wiant Leading BrooksTim Scott to Recruit Conservative Minority Candidates Can the New US Strategy for Women, Peace and Security give women a real place at the table? The Afghan women's congress must continue to fight the opioid epidemic. MORE (R-Ind.), The Recruitment Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the recognition of the name and low voter turnout in a special primary outflow had spurred Murphy.
However, she acknowledged that this brought with it the challenge of recruiting more women, especially given the fact that in state legislatures and local governments, where candidates often cut their teeth for the first time, men continue to play the main role ,
"We need to do better as a party at the local level, whether it's women who stand up for councilors, district commissioners and stand as candidates, and then, as you know, we really need to do more to bring them to the state she said Wednesday to reporters.
"And that, I believe, is part of our challenge," she added.
Brooks surprised other lawmakers after he said she would retire at the end of her tenure, although sh e said she would remain recruiting chairwoman for house republicans.
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Stefanik expressed particular concern about the need for the GOP to recruit more female candidates, even at primary level.
Specials are tough, "she told The Hill. The good news is that she found a lot of support and other candidates see that there is a cavalry, and there are members who are ready to join in those primaries. "" It's a challenge, but you know I'm disappointed, "she added.
External groups also said they needed to re-evaluate what went wrong in the run-off in North Carolina, but vowed
A spokesperson for Winning for Women said the organization is working to organize a meeting with party leaders and groups after Perry's loss on Tuesday, but said that efforts to recruit more female candidates by 2020
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Kevin Owen McCarthyPennsylvania Republican to Replace Amash at Supervision Amash Resigns from House GOP Conference Supervisor New CBO Report Drives Battle for Minimum Wage MORE (R-Calif.) Praised Perry despite her loss, saying that this would mean the importance of the party's recruitment of female Kandi attaches data, does not decrease.
"You look at Joan Perry, she was an amazing candidate, first candidate, pediatrician," McCarthy told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.
"Voters could make that decision, but they could take a stab that had never been done before. In the campaign, I attribute both to the way they handled the campaign. Well, I think that has been a tremendous improvement from the beginning and I am looking forward to more women being elected to this new Republican Congress.
Scott Wong added