Democratic groups have spent against establishment Republican candidates in primaries in several states, hoping to help their less electable primary opponents and pave an easy path for Democrats. In NJ-03, Patriot Majority USA, a Democratic group with ties to organized labor, has spent more than $150,000 on ads criticizing former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur (R) for raising property taxes in order to help former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R), who is seen as less of a threat in the general election.
In CA-36, the California Democratic Party has sent mailers criticizing state Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R), and in CA-07, House Majority PAC has sent mailers criticizing former Rep. Doug Ose (R) for supporting cuts to veterans’ programs while voting to increase pay for members of Congress.
“In every cycle, we all look back and say, ‘Gee, that race sure would have been more winnable if only X candidate had won the primary.’ And this cycle, even more than in the past, the Democrats are committed to making sure that ‘what if’ turns into the inevitable,” said Democratic pollster Jefrey Pollock. (Politico)