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The Not-So-Special Elections
Of 5 upcoming contests, only Georgia race presents chance of a partisan flip

Karen Handel is hoping to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District, but first, she faces an April 18 jungle primary with 17 other candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Money is pouring into the suburbs north of Atlanta, the site of the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Georgia’s 6th District, left vacant by the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, is one of five special elections taking place across the country this spring, but the only one which offers much of a chance of a partisan flip.

GOP Super PAC Goes on Air Against Montana Democrat
Republicans attack Rob Quist day after he wins Democratic nod

Congressional Leadership Fund is running TV ads against Rob Quist, the Democratic nominee to fill Ryan Zinke’s seat in Montana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Republican super PAC will begin running TV and digital ads on Monday against Montana’s freshly minted Democratic nominee for the at-large House seat — before the GOP even has a nominee of its own. 

Congressional Leadership Fund, which is endorsed by House GOP leadership, is spending $700,000 on cable and broadcast ads to attack Rob Quist, whom Democrats nominated at a party convention on Sunday for the special election that will take place on May 25.

Georgia Democrat Scores Another Major Liberal Endorsement
Democracy for America backs Jon Ossoff in 6th District race

Jon Ossoff is one of five Democrats running to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District. (Photo by Dustin Chambers, Courtesy Jon Ossoff for Congress)

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is picking up yet another endorsement from a national liberal group in the race for the state’s 6th District. 

Democracy for America, a political action committee founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, is backing Ossoff, according to a statement obtained first by Roll Call. It’s the group’s first congressional endorsement of the 2018 cycle.

Democratic Group Targets 2018 GOP Senators on Russia
American Bridge pressuring Flake and Heller to support independent investigation

American Bridge 21st Century is targeting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller to support an independent investigation into Russia and the 2016 election. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Democratic super PAC is targeting two GOP senators up for re-election in 2018, urging them to back an independent investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. 

American Bridge 21st Century is launching a two-week digital ad campaign Thursday against Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, with plans to expand the campaign to other platforms. The ads are targeted to “engaged voters” of all parties and direct voters to a petition calling on the senators to support an independent investigation. 

There’s No Rest for the Fundraising Weary
Vulnerable freshmen face high expectations for first quarter fundraising

Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen, seen here with DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján, will be a top target for Republicans in 2018 and says she’ll be kicking off fundraising events in February. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Even before they’ve settled into their new lives on Capitol Hill, freshman House members from swing districts need to prepare for the fight to stay there. 

No member likes to talk about fundraising. Navigating the halls during the first month of the 115th Congress, new members stressed the importance of listening to the people who sent them to Washington. 

Is There Space for a Republican EMILY’s List?
Litmus tests might not work the same way on the right

Alabama’s Martha Roby is one of only 26 Republican women in Congress. Some party members wonder if they need their own version of EMILY’s List to increase that number. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As recently as the second Reagan administration, Republicans had more women in Congress than Democrats. Then EMILY’s List took hold.

The political action committee, founded in 1984, dedicated itself to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights, becoming an influential force in primaries even when it clashed with the wishes of party leaders. Now, of the 104 women in the 115th Congress, 75 percent are Democrats.

Democratic PAC Transitions to Advocacy Role in 2017
End Citizens United taps into 2016’s frustration with establishment

End Citizens United helped elect New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to the Senate last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

2016 wasn’t the year Democrats wanted it to be.

But for one PAC created this cycle to elect Democrats at the federal level, this year’s election results may actually validate support for their mission: getting big money out of politics. 

Republican Gender Gap Could Grow in the House
Ideology, not gender, is often driving factor in open primaries

Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri, right, and Jackie Walorski of Indiana could both run for higher office in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans will be down one woman next year. And with administration picks forthcoming and a handful of female members weighing runs for other offices, the party’s gender gap could grow. 

With their largest majority in more than 80 years, Republicans were mostly on defense in 2016. 

Did Down-Ballot Democrats Rely Too Heavily on Trump?
Party only cut historic House deficit by 6 seats

Democrats were unsuccessful in their attempts to tie Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to Donald Trump. The congressman ended up coasting to re-election by 14 points. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats never thought they were in for a great night on Tuesday, but their scant gains are inspiring new questions about how the party wins congressional elections after several cycles of disappointment.

Front and center, of course, is Donald Trump. How they missed the signs of Trump’s surprise victory will be a bigger question for the entire Democratic Party (and Republicans and the media alike) for months to come. 

Koch Brothers Target Feingold in Big Ad Buy in Wisconsin
It’s the conservative billionaires’ first TV expenditure in Senate race since September

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold is the target of a new TV ad from Americans for Prosperity, a branch of the Koch brother's political network. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Koch brothers are moving their money to Wisconsin, where one of the groups affiliated with their super PAC Americans for Prosperity bought a $950,000 ad slot.

Democrat Russ Feingold has held consistent leads in the polls against Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson, but as the margin diminished this past month, the billionaire brothers saw an opportunity, RealClearPolitics reported.