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 lawmaker: 'I do not support' impeaching Rosenstein Cook shifts House race of lawmaker who bought multimillion dollar yacht away from GOP Overnight Health Care: Trump officials want more time to reunite families | Washington braces for Supreme Court pick | Nebraska could be next state to vote on Medicaid expansion MORE (Maine), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddConservative group pledges .5 million for 12 House GOP candidates ‘Unmasking Antifa Act' includes 15-year prison term proposal Election Countdown: Calls to abolish ICE test Dem candidates | First round of House GOP 'Young Guns' | How Tester is handling Trump's Montana visit | Dem candidate won't back Schumer as leader | Super PACs ramp up Missouri ad buys MORE (N.C.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotVulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders Dems eyeing smaller magic number for House majority Conservative group pledges .5 million for 12 House GOP candidates MORE (Ohio). There’s also an office in the seat vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertDemocrat Kim Schrier advances in Washington primary Overnight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process More than 50 Dem House challengers outraise GOP incumbents 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 RothfusConservative group pledges .5 million for 12 House GOP candidates Election handicapper moves GOP leader's race to 'toss-up' Buckle your seatbelts for 100 days of political drama before midterms 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 TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary 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.