Dem campaign arm spending six figures in Montana House race

Dem campaign arm spending six figures in Montana House race

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is making a six-figure investment in the open Montana House race after Democrats’ strong showings in the Georgia and Kansas special elections raised the party’s hopes about competing in red areas.

A DCCC official told The Hill that the committee will invest six figures into the Montana Democratic Party to help boost Democratic nominee Rob Quist’s campaign. The state party and Quist campaign will decide how to spend the contribution. The Huffington Post first reported the investment.

After a narrow loss in Kansas and with a June runoff looming in Georgia, Democrats are turning to the special election to fill the seat vacated by President Trump’s Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke. Quist will face off against GOP nominee Greg Gianforte on May 25.

National Democrats went in early for Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s special election, where he fell just shy of the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. But the DCCC drew fierce criticism for waiting until the day before the Kansas race to get involved there. Democrat James Thompson fell to Republican Ron Estes by just 7 percentage points in the ruby red district.

The Montana race is starting to heat up about a month ahead of the general election contest, and both nominees have racked up high-profile endorsements.

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Republicans are favored to win Montana’s lone congressional district, but the party isn’t taking any chances after close special elections and has already dropped cash into Montana.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership, will spend at least $1 million on ads and get-out-the-vote efforts, according to The Wall Street Journal. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s advertising arm also purchased six figures in both TV and digital ads.