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 PoliquinThe Hill's Morning Report - Mass shootings put spotlight on Trump, Congress Ex-GOP lawmaker from Maine says he won't run for his old seat in 2020 Making the case for ranked-choice voting MORE (Maine), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddDemocrats lurching leftward exemplified with new labor bill North Carolina ruling could cost GOP House seats SEC reforms will save job creators time and money MORE (N.C.) and Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotSECURE it — for small businesses and their workers Bottom Line Consequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears MORE (Ohio). There’s also an office in the seat vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertLymphedema Treatment Act would provide a commonsense solution to a fixable problem Yoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm MORE (Wash.). Republicans have rallied behind former state Sen. Dino Rossi in that district.

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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 RothfusConor Lamb gets 2020 challenger touted by Trump The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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.