involved, similar to its success rate in previous election cycles. Of the candidates who lost, most were within five percentage points of winning their elections. 21 Despite her concerns early in the election cycle about whether to support more incumbents than in previous years, in the end Bernadette Budde felt that BIPAC made sensible choices in the candidates it supported in 1992. 22
BIPAC's role as a lead PAC remained intact in 1992. Despite the frustrations caused by the slowness of redistricting and the uncertainty over the fate of incumbents, BIPAC's decisionmaking procedures worked well, and there were few surprises for the PAC when the elections were over.
This chapter would not have been completed without the cooperation of Bernadette Budde, the political director of BIPAC. I am grateful to Ms. Budde for her willingness to share her thoughts on the 1992 election cycle with me. I also appreciate the help of my research assistant, Mami Ezra, in the compilation of some of the tables in this chapter.