GOP Super PAC Prepares To Battle Democrats In Midterm Election

House Republicans’ main super political action committee said Thursday it’s expanding its efforts to include several districts that the GOP easily carried in 2016, signaling the party is increasingly concerned about the prospect of an anti-Trump wave gathering for November’s midterm election.

The Congressional Leadership Fund also said it will take steps to defend key Republican House leaders and committee chairmen, in what appears to be an attempt to build a firewall to limit losses and prevent a Democratic takeover.

“CLF is taking nothing for granted as we focus on our mission to maintain the House Republican majority,” said executive director Corry Bliss.

Getting involved in those races is an acknowledgment that Republicans are worried about the extent of losses, said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.

“They’re very realistic about what’s going on here,” Mr. O’Connell said. “They’re telling you straight out, we know that Democrats are fired up, we know it’s going to be a hard slog — we’re going to be realistic about it.”

Democrats need to pick up a net of two dozen seats this year to retake control of the House.

The CLF says its national field program now boasts offices in 27 districts.

Super PACs, which unlike traditional candidate and party committees can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, have taken on an increasingly prominent role in recent election cycles.

Mr. O’Connell put the odds of a Democratic takeover of the House right now at slightly better than 50-50, but predicted the messaging would be less about Mr. Ryan than the president.

“They’re going to run on impeach Trump — everything about Trump,” he said.

Read more from David Sherfinski at The Washington Times

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