- November 9, 2016
Today HRC released the following statement after Tammy Duckworth was declared the winner in Illinois’ U.S. Senate race:
“Tammy Duckworth has been a proven ally in the House of Representatives, and she will be a leading voice for equality in the U.S. Senate,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We look forward to working with Tammy Duckworth to pass the Equality Act and take our community an important step closer to full federal equality.”
On October 29, HRC announced that it endorsed Tammy Duckworth’s campaign and contributed the maximum to her campaign.
In 2016, HRC launched TurnOUT, its most robust get-out-the-vote effort in its more than 35-year history. This year, HRC developed an “Equality Voter Model” that gave the organization the tools needed to reach beyond HRC's 1.5 million members and supporters to target pro-equality voters in crucial races and key battleground states across the nation. The dynamic new model used years of polling conducted for HRC, public voter files and available data on voters not yet affiliated with the organization, but who have demonstrated an openness to creating a more equal and fair society. HRC’s historic effort also included deploying more than 100 staff members to races across the country, mobilizing our volunteers to commit more than 50,000 hours contacting voters and fundraising for candidates, launching an unprecedented persuasive advertising campaign and harnessing the power of social media like never before.