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GOP super PAC expands field program to 40 districts

GOP super PAC expands field program to 40 districts
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The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE (R-Wis.), is expanding its presence in key GOP-held districts as Republicans seek to fend off a potential Democratic "blue wave" in this year's midterm elections.

The group announced Friday that it is opening field offices in six Republican-led districts, bringing its total to 40 offices in competitive House races across the country. 

The new field offices are intended to boost GOP Reps. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Big haul for O'Rourke | Senators press Trump to get tougher on Saudis | Kavanaugh tensions linger The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem victories in `18 will not calm party turbulence Congress allows farm bill to lapse before reauthorization deadline MORE (Ill.), Randy HultgrenRandall (Randy) Mark HultgrenCards Against Humanity offering midterm expansion pack in effort to back Dems in key races Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker Doubts shadow GOP push for tax cuts 2.0 MORE (Ill.), George HoldingGeorge Edward Bell HoldingThe importance of advancing the U.S.-India partnership GOP super PAC expands field program to 40 districts Brady at White House meeting: House to vote on more tax cuts in September MORE (N.C.) and Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Credit union group to spend .8 million for vulnerable Dem, GOP incumbents Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE (Texas), as well as now-open seats in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District and Kansas' 2nd District.

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In North Carolina's 9th District, Republicans are seeking to hold on to the seat held by outgoing Rep. Robert PittengerRobert Miller PittengerWashington’s silent war against Hezbollah in Latin America Insurgency shakes up Democratic establishment Video of Ayanna Pressley reacting to her upset victory in Massachusetts goes viral MORE (R-N.C.), who lost his primary bid against pastor Mark Harris. Harris is locked in a tough race against Democrat Dan McCready, who has a significant financial advantage over his Republican opponent.

Republican Steve Watkins is also likely to face a difficult challenge in Kansas' 2nd District. He overcame a crowded field of GOP hopefuls in his primary on Tuesday, and is now set to face off against another well-funded Democrat, Paul Davis, in November.

The field offices have been a key part of CLF's strategy to bolster Republican candidates in districts where Democrats are eyeing inroads to claiming back the House majority. Democrats face a tough challenge, needing to flip 23 seats in order to overcome their deficit.

In Ohio's 12th District, for example, CLF spent millions of dollars on advertisements and a field program to boost Republican Troy Balderson in his special election bid against Democrat Danny O'Connor. Republicans initially expected the race to be an easy victory for the party, given its more than 30-year streak as a GOP-held district.

But the election, which took place on Tuesday, has yet to be called officially, though Republicans have declared victory. Balderson currently leads in the polls by less than 1 percent, and provisional ballots will take days to count. 

Though Balderson and Republicans could still eke out a victory in the Ohio's 12th District, Democrats see the closeness of that race as a strong sign that they can win back the House in November.