SPOTLIGHT

Dems Play the Field in Georgia

The party is investing big to get out the vote ahead of the June 20 special.

Marilyn Matlock, left, answers her door to Jon Ossoff, center, a 30-year-old Democrat running for Congress in Georgia's traditionally conservative 6th Congressional District, as he campaigns in the neighborhood with fiancee Alisha Kramer in Sandy Springs, Ga., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Ossoff's fortunes in a June 20 matchup with Republican Karen Handel will be an early test of how the Republicans' vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump's decision to fire the FBI director are playing with voters. Both parties see the Georgia race as an indicator for the 2018 midterm elections.
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Kyle Trygstad
May 19, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

The heavy in­vest­ment in a ground ef­fort in Geor­gia an­nounced Thursday by the na­tion­al party and an af­fil­i­ated out­side group in­dic­ates Demo­crats con­tin­ue to see the af­flu­ent, sub­urb­an At­lanta dis­trict as the party’s best chance to pick up a House seat this year.

While the race in Montana ap­pears to have tightened and the DCCC has spent there, the Peach State race re­mains the top op­por­tun­ity. The DNC trans­ferred money to the state party to hire 10 staffers fo­cused on turn­ing out Afric­an-Amer­ic­an, Latino, and Asi­an-Amer­ic­an voters that didn’t par­ti­cip­ate in the jungle primary. And House Ma­jor­ity PAC re­vealed a $200,000 get-out-the-vote field pro­gram that kicks off this week­end.

HMP is also drop­ping $500,000 on a broad­cast TV buy start­ing the day after Me­mori­al Day, provid­ing ad­di­tion­al re­sources to pad the $1.9 mil­lion the DCCC had spent on me­dia buys as of its most re­cent FEC fil­ing on May 5. (HMP also re­leased a Montana ad Fri­day.)

Re­pub­lic­ans are pay­ing plenty of at­ten­tion to Geor­gia as well—the NR­CC re­por­ted a new $430,000 buy Thursday—but re­cent in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ure re­ports show the GOP is tak­ing Montana’s at-large dis­trict, which Pres­id­ent Trump car­ried by 20 points, ser­i­ously.

Along with sig­ni­fic­ant spend­ing by the NR­CC, as of their latest fil­ings the Con­gres­sion­al Lead­er­ship Fund had spent more than $2 mil­lion and the RNC some $450,000 ahead of Thursday’s spe­cial elec­tion.

Kyle Tryg­stad

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