2016 Senate Elections, a Recap

Last year, over at NathanSproul.com, I wrote a series on “Senate Races to Watch.” Now that the elections are way behind us, I offer a recap of who won.

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The winner: Rob Portman

Nathan Sproul – Senate Race To Watch in Nevada from Nathan Sproul on Vimeo.

The winner: Catherine Cortez Masto

Nathan Sproul – Senate Race To Watch in Illinois from Nathan Sproul on Vimeo.

The winner: Tammy Duckworth

Nathan Sproul – Senate Race To Watch In Florida from Nathan Sproul on Vimeo.

The winner: Marco Rubio

Republished from NathanSproul.org.

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Nathan Sproul Presents GOP Up-and-Comers: Mia Love

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After being named one of the 25 most influential women of the GOP in 2013 by Newsweek, Mia Love is doing her best to become a household name in American politics. And, with a track record of historic moments and success at various levels, she appears to be succeeding.

Love, who is currently a member of the U.S. House from Utah, was born to Haitian parents in Brooklyn, New York in 1975, two years after her parents left Haiti in an attempt to escape harsh political repression. Love’s parents hoped to provide for their daughter a better experience and upbringing than their home country could offer. Eighteen years later, Love excelled through school and was offered a partial college scholarship to the University of Hartford.

Love got her start in politics when she was named to the Saratoga Springs City Council in Utah in 2003. Almost immediately, she turned around what had been a faltering and flailing economy, pointing it in the right direction and eventually helping the city secure the highest possible bond rating. Just a few years later, she was elected Mayor, and shortly after decided to run for congress.

After losing her first bid for congress in 2012 by mere fractions of a percentage point, Love ran again in 2014, this time winning the Republican nomination and eventually the spot in the House for Utah’s 4th district. By winning, Love became the first ever African American Republican female in congress. She hasn’t stopped making splashes in the GOP since.

“It’s really nice when you feel like you’re working hard to move the needle and somebody isn’t just giving you something,” Love told Deseret News. “You’re really having to chase and earn that vote.”

Despite criticism from Doug Owens, her Democratic opponent in the 2014 election whom she beat by about 4,000 votes, Love has continued to make motions to improve the communities in Utah. In 2016, Love made a tangible impact when she passed her first bill through congress, which helped raise the limit on the size of community banks, effectively making more credit available to the community.

Love will face off against Owens again in the 2016 election, seeking to retain her position in congress where she will undoubtedly continue to gain traction within the GOP and make history for the state of Utah.

Originally published on nathansproul.com

Nathan Sproul Presents GOP Up-and-Comers: Brian Sandoval

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In most walks of life, being labeled as an “up and comer” at age 53 might seem a bit questionable. Fifty-three is, after all, closer to the average age of retirement in the United States than it is to the age one would normally associate with a rising star.

But Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is bucking that trend, quickly becoming a person to watch in the GOP as his influence continues to augment year after year.

Sandoval’s background is impressive, to say the least.

His start came in 1998 as a member of the Nevada Assembly, where he sponsored 14 bills that later became laws. Sandoval also served as a district judge before running for Governor of Nevada in 2010, which he won, sweeping every county in the state. His 2014 reelection was won with similar ease, winning 90% of the Republican vote in the primary, then 70% in the general election.

Sandoval has been wildly successful in almost everything he’s attempted in the world of politics. When justice Antonin Scalia passed away suddenly earlier this year, Sandoval was floated as a possible replacement in the Supreme Court. This consideration speaks volumes to the likeability of Sandoval as a politician, regardless of what side of the political spectrum one falls on. With his relatively moderate stance and good public standing, many suspected that Sandoval represented the best chance that President Barack Obama had to have his SCOTUS selection confirmed. And while Obama eventually chose Merrick Garland, the consideration of Sandoval from a Democratic president speaks volumes to Sandoval’s likeability and overall success in the positions he’s held.

The consideration for Supreme Court nomination thrust Sandoval into the national spotlight somewhat abruptly. While some politicians fight for their time in the limelight, Sandoval actively avoids it. That strategy has seemingly paid off; he is an almost universally-liked member of the GOP. His 62% approval rating as reported by Morning Consultant was 8th best in the country.  When budgetary concerns arose in 2011, he rejected a pay raise and offered to cut back his own salary if necessary.

Sandoval was named as one of seven political “rising stars to watch” in 2016 by NBC. Though he was not, as some anticipated, chosen as the Vice President nominee for the GOP, Sandoval’s potential for political prosperity remains almost limitless.

Originally published on nathansproul.com