WHEN OTHERS CAN'T
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Rival Strategy Group is a full service political and non-profit consulting firm. Our team understands what it takes to adapt and overcome in the face of the unique challenges that arise in the political world. We offer innovative and specific solutions tailored to your situation -- because no campaign or organization is the same. Our team of campaign operatives and former elected officials have a unique and unmatched record of success that will give you the best chance at victory on Election Day.
A graduate of Hillsdale College, Paul Smith grew up in Las Cruces, NM. After gaining campaign experience at the Presidential and Senatorial level, Smith managed Rod Blum’s 2014 congressional race (named by Politico as one of the top five upsets in America) in Iowa's First Congressional District. Smith then served as Rep. Blum's Chief of Staff in the U.S. House, overseeing a first term that resulted in an 8-point reelection for Rep. Blum in a cycle that Blum was named the most vulnerable incumbent in Congress. He returned home to New Mexico in 2017 as Campaign Manager for a competitive gubernatorial race with a budget of over $5 million before co-founding Rival Strategy Group. In the 2020 cycle, Smith served as general consultant on the most expensive U.S. House race in America, working with Yvette Herrell to unseat the Democratic incumbent by nearly 8 points. Most recently, Smith was general consultant for Mayra Flores in TX34 and Monica De La Cruz in TX15, resulting in the flip of two congressional seats in South Texas that had been held by Democrats for over 100 years.
Born in Arizona and growing up in New Mexico's central Rio Grande Valley, Michael Horanburg graduated from the University of New Mexico and has called New Mexico home for most of his life. After serving on staff for the Albuquerque City Council and later as a political coordinator at the nation's leading conservative grassroots organization, Michael served as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of New Mexico. In the 117th Congress, Michael served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Yvette Herrell of New Mexico's Second District. Michael has served on several non-profit boards and managed the YMCA's New Mexico Youth and Government program for six years.
David Adkins grew up in Houston, TX. After high school he joined the Air Force and was stationed in New Mexico where he met his wife; they decided to make Albuquerque their home. Adkins has been a pastor and entrepreneur for over 20 years and one of his companies has been named one of the "Top places to work in New Mexico" for the past 5 years. Adkins has served in different capacities on campaigns for the past 10 years, in 2014 he was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives where he served for 4 years, he was Caucus Finance Chair and Deputy Minority Whip. David, his wife and two children live in Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque, NM 87199