November 11, 2016

RADPAC Racks up Victories in 2016 Election

RADPAC®, the political action committee for the American College of Radiology Association (ACRA), was on target with contributions of $1,349,600 for successful, radiology-friendly members of Congress and congressional candidates in the 2016 general election.

RADPAC, led by Ted Burnes, spent $943,942 in independent expenditures in the following four Senate and three House races:

Member of Congress/Candidate



Senator Kelly Ayotte

New Hampshire


Senator Roy Blunt



Senator Richard Burr

North Carolina


Rep. Renee Ellmers

North Carolina


Senator Charles Schumer

New York


Rep. John Shimkus



Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz



Overall, Republicans won stunning victories by taking the White House and holding on to majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives.

RADPAC neither endorses nor supports candidates in presidential races, but for all of the turnout talk, the vote totals recorded in the 2016 election were very similar to the 2012 presidential election. Four years ago, President Barack Obama received 62.6 million votes compared to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s 59.1 million votes. As of Wednesday morning, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had each tallied about 59 million votes, with counting continuing in four states. Trump won the election with 279 electoral votes compared to 228 electoral votes for Hillary Clinton.

With incomplete results on Wednesday for the House races, Republicans lost 10 seats but retained a solid 236-191 majority over Democrats. Eight races were still undecided.

RADPAC recorded a 98 percent success rate in House races, with victories recorded in 197 of the 201 incumbents and candidates who received its support in primary and general elections. It also supported one race that is still undecided (Rep. Ami Bera, M.D., in California).

With incomplete results on Wednesday for Senate races, Republicans held a 51-47 majority, though contests in Louisiana and New Hampshire remained undecided.

RADPAC recorded a 89 percent success rate in Senate races, with victories by 33 of 37 incumbents and candidates it supported in primary and general elections.

Overall, more than 60 new members — representing more than 10 percent of seats in both Houses —- will take oaths of office in January to join the 115th Congress.

Of particular note, three physician members of Congress came up short in election bids. House members, Reps. John Fleming, M.D. and Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D., failed to qualify for a Dec. 3 runoff for a Senate seat representing Louisiana. Rep. Joe Heck, D.O., lost in his Senate race in Nevada, and Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D., of Michigan will retire at the end of 2016 after deciding not to seek a fourth term.