Republican groups drop $1.6M more into House races
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A pair of Republican-aligned groups are dropping an additional $1.6 million into TV spending on House races, their latest large investment targeting vulnerable House Democrats.

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The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super-PAC with ties to House GOP leadership, and its sister organization American Action Network are adding major buys to target Reps. Ron BarberRonald (Ron) Sylvester BarberKavanaugh nomination a make or break moment to repeal Citizens United Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 Principles and actions mean more than Jeff Flake’s words MORE (D-Ariz.), Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickArizona Rep. Tom O'Halleran wins Democratic primary Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick wins Democratic primary Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (D-Ariz.), Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDem candidate 'struck by the parallels' between Trump's rise and Hitler's Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm MORE (D-N.Y.) and Pete GallegoPete Pena Gallego4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch GOP candidate scores upset win in Texas state Senate runoff Koch group launches digital ads in tight Texas House race MORE (D-Texas). The ad buys were first shared with The Hill.

That brings total spending by the groups to over $16 million for the election cycle. They are spending $1.8 million against Barber, $1.6 million against Gallego, $1.5 million against Bishop and $1.2 million against Kirkpatrick.

Republican outside groups had struggled for months to get their donors excited about getting involved in the 2014 midterms, but the money has come in recent weeks — and they're using it to go on offense and force Democratic groups to make some hard choices in where to spend.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has had to go into triage mode, pulling out of some races it once deemed as top targets in order to use that money to counter these groups and defend their incumbents.

Republicans are expected to pick up at least a half-dozen House seats this fall, and are aiming to reach double-digit gains.