November 6, 2018

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314 Action Congratulates Ocean Engineer Joe Cunningham on Hard-Fought Upset Victory in SC-01

314 Action Fund Spent More Than $500k on Cunningham’s Behalf to Help Secure Victory

(Washington, D.C.) - 314 Action, the largest organization created specifically for scientists and STEM professionals running for office, congratulated ocean engineer Joe Cunningham for his stunning upset victory in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

314 Action endorsed Cunningham earlier this year, and 314 Action Fund PAC is the biggest outside supporter of Cunningham’s campaign, and has spent more than $428k on his behalf across three broadcast TV ad buys in the Charleston and Savannah media markets and an additional $80K digital media buy. While national Democrats have largely stayed out of the race, 314 Action stepped in big to help deliver a victory for Democrats and pro-science advocates alike.

Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action, released the following statement:

“Joe ran an incredible campaign that has defied all odds. His message has resonated with voters in Lowcountry who know that offshore drilling and Donald Trump’s anti-science rhetoric would ruin the coast of South Carolina. Tonight’s victory proves that science can be a winning issue for voters. 314 Action could not be more proud to have supported Joe’s candidacy and to have help turn this district blue for the first time in decades.”

About the race:

SC-01 was long considered a likely Republican district, with Trump winning it in 2016 by double digits and incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford delivering a strong victory in that election without spending significant resources.

However, this year, ocean engineer Joe Cunningham became the first Democrat in decades to pose a significant challenge in the Republican stronghold, running a strong campaign rooted in local issues like the ban on offshore drilling.

Republican opponent and Trump acolyte Katie Arrington was on the record early in the campaign for supporting the President’s plan to lift the ban on offshore drilling, a hot-button local issue.

Following a $500k ad buy from 314 Action Fund calling out Arrington on her stance on offshore drilling, Republicans sounded the alarm and the NRCC dropped an unprecedented $200k+ in the race in an attempt to save Arrington.

314 Action is proud of the strong campaign Joe ran and also of the level of support it was able to provide Joe.

314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 400,000 active members and donors across the United States. For more information,