House GOP group puts staff in six new districts

House GOP group puts staff in six new districts
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The Congressional Leadership Fund, a major GOP outside group that played a pivotal role in recent special elections, is putting boots on the ground in six new competitive congressional districts to get a head start on the 2018 midterm elections. 

The group, which serves as the de facto super PAC of House Republican leadership and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment MORE (R-Wis.), now has staff in 17 districts represented by vulnerable Republican lawmakers.
 
The new offices are in the districts represented by Reps. Mike Bost (Ill.), Kevin YoderKevin YoderLawmakers, celebs honor Tony Bennett with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Bipartisan childcare bill won't help families that need it most The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Kan.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Tom MacArthur (N.J.) and Leonard Lance (N.J.). 
 
“Our data-driven field program is expanding, but more importantly, our staff and interns are building relationships and having ongoing conversations with voters across key congressional districts fourteen months before the midterm elections,” said Corry Bliss, the group's executive director, in a statement. 
 
“We know starting early in the field and making real, long-term investments will make a difference." 
 
Along with the expansion, the group announced Wednesday morning that its staff had already knocked on 2 million doors with a new video highlighting those efforts on the ground. 
 
The Congressional Leadership Fund has already played a key role in Republican victories in key special elections earlier this year, spending more than $10 million in four of those races.
 
The GOP won all four of those races, which were held in districts considered to be strong Republican or Republican-leaning districts.