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 PoliquinDems announce third-quarter fundraising bonanza Overnight Health Care: Arkansas scraps Medicaid for thousands | Uninsured rate steady in Trump's first year | GOP counters ObamaCare attacks with talk of Medicare GOP uses Sanders’s Medicare plan in attacks on Democrats MORE (Maine), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddCook Political Report moves 5 GOP-held seats towards Dems Trump calls North Carolina redistricting ruling ‘unfair’ The Hill's Morning Report: Trump shifts campaign focus from Senate to House MORE (N.C.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotSessions calls on former colleagues to send drone legislation to Trump's desk Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests Support the Trademark Licensing Protection Act MORE (Ohio). There’s also an office in the seat vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertHow the Trump tax law passed: GOP adds sweeteners House battlefield expands as ad wars hit new peak Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' 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 RothfusPoll: Lamb has double-digit lead in Pennsylvania House race The Hill's Morning Report — Historic vote on Kavanaugh to come amid protests, anger Election Countdown: Dems raising millions in fight for House | Trump attacks potential challengers | GOP finalizes 2020 convention plans | Dems see Kavanaugh fight driving women voters to the polls | Bloomberg spending big for Senate Dems 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 TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border 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.