With more than two decades of research experience and expertise providing services ranging from strategic polling to 13 presidents and prime ministers on four continents to spearheading U.S. political work at all levels to providing strategic research for Fortune 500 companies as well as for leading think tanks and institutions, Pete Brodnitz has a reputation for helping clients win in various competitive settings. He leads the firm’s international political practice and handles many of our U.S. political campaigns. In 2007, the American Association of Political Consultants named Pete "Pollster of the Year” - the top honor in the political polling profession recognizing success and innovation in U.S. campaigns -- for his work on the upset victories in Virginia of Gov. Tim Kaine, in 2005, and Sen. Jim Webb, in 2006.
In the 2012 U.S. elections, Pete and his team’s work included helping Senators Tim Kaine (VA) and Mazie Hirono (HI), Attorney General Kathleen Kane (PA), and U.S. Representative Joe Garcia (FL) to win office. Our independent expenditure work included polling for the House Majority PAC's successful efforts to elect Congressmen Raul Ruiz (CA), Pete Gallego (TX) and John Barrow (GA) and polling for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Senator Robert Casey's re-election in Pennsylvania.
Earlier in 2012, Pete helped Danilo Medina and Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, win their election as President and Vice President of the Dominican Republic, leading President Medina to state, “Pete Brodnitz and Benenson Strategy Group’s in-depth analysis and recommendations played a pivotal role in implementing key steps that allowed us to come from behind and win the Presidency of the Republic.”
In 2010, Pete helped first-time candidate Juan Manuel Santos win election as Colombia’s President and helped Chris Coons win election to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate – making him one of only three Democrats to win Senate seats that year.
In 2008, Pete guided Democratic candidates to successfully gain control of Republican-held seats in both houses of Congress as well as on the state level. With Pete’s strategic advice, Jeff Merkley became the first challenger in nearly 40 years to defeat an incumbent Oregon senator, ousting two-term Senator Gordon Smith. He also helped Democrats Tom Perriello, of Virginia, and Mary Jo Kilroy, of Ohio, get elected to Republican-held congressional seats with Kilroy being the first Democrat to represent Ohio’s 15th District in 40 years. In both 2008 and 2010 he helped Congressmen Tim Walz of Minnesota and Adam Smith of Washington secure re-election.
On the state level, Pete’s analysis and strategy in 2008 on behalf of the Campaign for a Moderate Majority’s independent-expenditure effort to elect Democrats to the Ohio Statehouse helped the Democrats pick up seven seats, enabling them to capture the Statehouse for the first time in 14 years.