Ready for Hillary backed candidate loses election
March 12th, 2014
12:22 PM ET
9 years ago

Ready for Hillary backed candidate loses election

(CNN) – In the lead up to Tuesday's special election in New Hampshire, Ready for Hillary, a super PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, touted their involvement in the race for the state's Executive Council.

One problem: The Democrat lost.

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Democrat Mike Cryans conceded the race to Republican Joe Kenney on Wednesday morning, according to CNN affiliate WMUR. In a statement, Cryans said he "I left a message for Joe Kenney and wished him the best of luck on the council."

For Ready for Hillary, the foray into local politics was an early investment that could have later paid off in New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. The Executive Council is the executive body of New Hampshire that advises and checks the power of the state's governor. Because of the outsized role the state plays in presidential elections, ties to the state's Executive Council are important for prospective candidates.

In a statement to CNN, Seth Bringman, Ready for Hillary spokesman, said the group was happy with the work they did in the run up to Tuesday's election.

"We are proud our supporters engaged in this election," Bringman said.

The super PAC had 20 volunteers working for Democrats on Tuesday, but was admittedly focused on the Executive Council race. The group primarily focused on organizing at Dartmouth College, where Bringman said volunteers worked "to make sure students knew about the election."

Republicans seized on the fact that the Ready for Hillary backed candidate lost. American Rising, a Republican leaning opposition research group and super PAC, highlighted Cryans loss in an email to reporters and a blog post on Wednesday.

Ready for Hillary has begun to get involved in the 2014 election cycle. Over the weekend, Ready for Hillary activists were in Iowa - another critical state in presidential elections - where the group worked to sign up supporters at Democratic county conventions throughout the state.

Despite Tuesday's loss, Bringman said the group will not stop their local election organizing.

We "look forward to continuing to engage our grassroots networks in races across the country this year," he said.

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  1. Tony D

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House
    Fox-Lite(CNN) is really showing their conservafascist colors.

    That's funny.... you don't say this when CNN posts Hillary Clinton and Obama puff pieces. I guess you expect CNN to censor the news to only post what is pleasing to the left? Sure sounds like it. Maybe you should move to Cuba if that is what you think news reporting should be?

    March 12, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. jimbo

    I dont get it. What exactly is it that makes so many people go crazy about this woman. To me she is the same old same old dem nominee. At least repubs are shaking it up.

    March 12, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood
    @ Silence dogood thx to you dems we are still in the longest war ever ! NAME ! Korea. Demacratic president Harry Truman started that war and we are still at it today . 1000's of lives and trillions in cash 2 a unfunded war wasted by a dem. When you dems going to stop funding that srew up ! when never . works 2 ways .
    So you are saying that Bush was as bad as Truman. Well I am not voting for HIM again.

    March 12, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @just someone
    Rudy NYC
    "Sadly, folks like this are easy parrots for talk radio hosts, and IQ does not block voting in a free country."
    IQ does not block voting in a free country, just ID.
    Let me see – ID required for OBAMAcare (ACA) this is god, fair and needed. It will not be hard for the elderly or poor to get their ID.
    ID required for voters is bad and will not allow for the dead, illegals, and two time voters to cast their ballots. It is also so verrrry hard for the elderly and poor to get ID’s.
    ID required for Insurance is, well and insurance thing. Complain to the industry.
    Voter ID is an impediment to voting. Impediments always favor conservative voting. But it is wrong in light of the Constitution. Voting rights are very important in my country (US). Most common amendment theme is voting rights. Check it out – it is The Constitution.
    " OBAMAcare (ACA) this is god" – wow – I wouldn't say it is God but it has accomplished its goal of reducing the uninsured and removing the fear of medical cancellation due to insurance greed.

    March 12, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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