Major GOP super PAC expands field offices to 31 districts

Major GOP super PAC expands field offices to 31 districts
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A major super PAC with ties to House GOP leadership is opening additional field offices in key House seats as Republicans look to protect their majority in a tough midterm election.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) announced Wednesday that it’s adding five more field offices, bringing the total number to 31 in competitive House districts across the country. These offices have staffers and volunteers who focus on phone banking and canvassing efforts.

The latest additions are offices set up to protect Republican incumbents up for reelection including Reps. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinGOP super PAC targets House districts with new M ad buys What to watch in Tuesday’s primary elections GOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team MORE (Maine), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddBipartisan lawmakers introduce infrastructure bill for poor communities Koch-backed group to target some Republicans over spending vote in new ad campaign May brings key primaries across nation MORE (N.C.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotPaul Ryan raised 0k for House Republicans in Ohio fundraising swing Rep. Chabot puts impeachment at center of his case for Judiciary post People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are ready, willing and able to work MORE (Ohio). There’s also an office in the seat vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertGOP super PAC targets House districts with new M ad buys Lawmakers reach deal on bill to crack down on synthetic opioid imports GOP lawmakers back discharge petition to force immigration votes MORE (Wash.). Republicans have rallied behind former state Sen. Dino Rossi in that district.

CLF is also setting up an office in Pennsylvania’s newly created 17th District. The state Supreme Court adopted new congressional lines in its gerrymandering case. And the new map appears likely to go into effect for the fall after federal judges and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected GOP challenges to it.

The 17th District will feature two incumbents: GOP Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusConservation group launches M campaign to save public parks bill Primaries foretell ‘Year of Women’ for next Congress Democrats must vote for electable candidates to win big in November MORE and Democrat Conor Lamb, who will be sworn in next month after pulling off a massive upset victory in the nationally watched special election earlier this month.

CLF spent millions in that special election attacking Lamb in a district President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE carried by 20 points in 2016. Now, Lamb will be running in a much more favorable race for Democrats and a district Trump carried by less than 3 points. But this time, Lamb will vie for the nomination in a primary instead of a nominating convention like in the special election.

“We have long known Republicans will face a challenging environment this midterm election cycle, and that’s why CLF has been focused on growing our data-driven national field program since February 2017,” said Corry Bliss, CLF executive director.

“CLF staff and volunteers have been engaging with voters on a daily basis, and the fact that we have knocked over 8 million doors is a testament to the strength of our field program. This micro-targeted focus on ground game will be a key component to maintaining the Republican majority in 2018.”

In addition to the new field offices, CLF announced it has contacted 8 million voters across the country over the past year.

CLF’s presence in these 31 districts indicates where many of the most competitive races will take place this fall. Democrats need to flip two dozen seats to take back the House.