Conservative group pledges $2.5 million for 12 House GOP candidates

Conservative group pledges $2.5 million for 12 House GOP candidates
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Heritage Action for America on Wednesday identified 12 House Republican candidates that it will back with ad campaigns totaling $2.5 million ahead of the November midterm elections.

The contributions will go to support a handful of GOP incumbents in races deemed a "toss-up" by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report: Reps. Rod Blum (Iowa), Andy BarrAndy Hale BarrThird Kentucky Democrat announces challenge to McConnell McConnell's Democratic challenger says she likely would have voted for Kavanaugh On The Money: Fed chief hints strongly at rate cut | Powell lays out 'serious concerns' over Facebook crypto project | Trump official to investigate French tech tax | Acosta defends Epstein deal MORE (Ky.), Mike Bishop (Mich.) and Dave Brat (Va.).

The ad buy will also support two candidates running in races that "lean Democratic" — Assemblyman Jay Webber (N.J.) and Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 MORE (Pa.) — along with half a dozen that are rated as lean or likely going toward the GOP: Reps. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddConservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump's rationale for census question 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Blockchain could spark renaissance economy MORE (N.C.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow A true believer in diversity, inclusion GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates MORE (Mo.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse passes annual intelligence bill House passes bills to boost small business cybersecurity Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller MORE (Ohio) and Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryConservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump's rationale for census question Pennsylvania state official launches Democratic challenge to GOP rep in district carried by Trump Lawmakers push to block pay raises for members of Congress MORE (Pa.), and state Rep. Yvette Herrell (N.M.) and Mark Harris in North Carolina.

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The conservative activist group said the money will be spent on advertising over digital, print and television platforms.

“We believe our organization is uniquely positioned to protect conservative seats in Congress and preserve the Republican majority," Heritage Action executive director Tim Chapman said in a statement.

"This effort will enable Heritage Action to effectively leverage our grassroots and government relations efforts to fulfill our core mission — enacting conservative policy into law," he added.

The group used its announcement Wednesday to tout the tax-cut plan President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE signed into law in December, highlighting what it says are higher paychecks for families.

Republicans face an uphill battle to maintain their majority in the House this fall, facing a record number of GOP retirements — many in competitive districts — and a series of generic ballot polls that have them trailing by high single digits or low double digits.