The conservative national group FreedomWorks is backing a trio of House candidates in contested primaries, giving them boosts in their races and creating potential headaches for the GOP establishment.
The Tea Party-aligned group is endorsing Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) for retiring Rep. Tom Latham's (R-Iowa) seat, businessman Tommy Moll (R) for the seat Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonCotton not ruling out 2020 White House bid GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election GOP chairman demands number of immigrants granted accidental citizenship MORE (R-Ark.) is vacating for a Senate bid, and state Rep. Adam Kwasman (R) in his bid to face Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickSheldon Adelson gives .2M to super PAC supporting McCain Dems seek cash to expand Senate map Democrats on the Senate: We got this MORE (D-Ariz.).
All three face primaries in districts Democrats hope they can contest in the general election, and centrist Republicans have expressed at least some hesitation about some as general-election candidates.
Kirkpatrick is a top GOP target, but establishment Republicans hope Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) will be their nominee. Moll is facing off against Arkansas state Rep. Bruce Westerman (R), who's better-known in the district, with the winner likely to face former Clinton FEMA director James Lee Witt (D) in the general election. Schultz is one of several candidates running for Latham's swing district.