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How GOP Outside Spending Turned a Loser Into a Winner in Montana
Congressional Leadership Fund spent $2.7 million to boost Greg Gianforte

Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana’s at-large House seat Thursday despite attacking a reporter the night before. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Six months ago, Republican Greg Gianforte lost Montana’s gubernatorial election by nearly 4 points. Thursday night, he won statewide by about 6 points.

Congressional special elections are, well, special. The electorate is different, and so is the spending. Last fall, Gianforte was running against an incumbent.

Republican Gianforte Wins Montana Special Election
Greg Gianforte prevails despite misdemeanor assault citation on eve of election

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte is heading to Congress after winning a hard-fought special election on Thursday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Updated 4:34 a.m. | Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana’s at-large House seat Thursday night.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, he led Democrat Rob Quist 50 percent to 44 percent, The Associated Press reported. Gianforte will fill the seat vacated by former GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke, who left to become Interior secretary.

GOP Super PAC Airs Closing Ad in Montana Special Election
Congressional Leadership Fund has invested $2.5 million in race

Democrat Rob Quist, right, is vying with Republican Greg Gianforte in the race for Montana’s at-large House seat. (Courtesy Greg for Montana, Rob Quist for Montana)

The biggest Republican outside spender in Montana’s upcoming special election is using its final television ad to underscore the narrative it has tried to paint of Democrat Rob Quist.

The TV spot, launching Friday, is part of the Congressional Leadership Fund’s $2.5 million investment in the May 25 special election for the at-large House seat, in which Quist faces Republican Greg Gianforte. The fund, backed by House GOP leadership, has released four other ads attacking the Democrat, most of which have gone after his personal financial troubles. 

Senate Leadership Fund Requests Records in Alabama Race
Super PAC wants records onStrange’s primary challengers

Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., was appointed to the Senate in February. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In another sign that the Senate Leadership Fund is aggressively supporting GOP Sen. Luther Strange, the Super PAC filed a public records request Thursday for correspondence between his challengers and Alabama’s current governor. The governor recently moved up the special election for the Alabama Republican’s seat by a year.

Strange is facing a primary in August to remain in the Senate. He was appointed to the Senate in February after former Sen. Jeff Sessions became Attorney General. Strange already has one primary opponent, and could face at least two more. 

Montana Candidate’s Comments Raise Questions About Corporate Money
Gianforte and Quist both claim they refuse industry PAC contributions

Republican Greg Gianforte, left, is running against Democrat Rob Quist in a special election to fill the at-large Montana congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Ryan Zinke, who’s now serving as secretary of the Interior.

Comments made by Montana Republican Greg Gianforte on a national fundraising call last week raise questions about what he meant when he said that industry PACs could contribute to “our Victory Fund.”

Both Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist say they have refused to accept corporate PAC money in the race for Montana’s at-large House seat. But when asked on last week’s call, audio of which was obtained by CQ Roll Call, whether he still did not accept PAC money, Gianforte gave a confusing answer. 

Club for Growth Steps Into South Carolina GOP Primary
Group's super PAC debuts ads for Ralph Norman

Screenshot of a Club for Growth Action ad.

Ahead of Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff in South Carolina’s 5th District, the Club for Growth is endorsing former state Rep. Ralph Norman. Its affiliated super PAC will begin an ad campaign for him on Wednesday.

Norman faces off against Tommy Pope, the state House speaker pro tempore, in Tuesday’s GOP runoff. They both finished with 30 percent of the vote in the seven-candidate primary on May 2. Pope earned 118 more votes, according to The Associated Press

GOP Super PAC Goes After Ossoff’s Out-of-State Money
Congressional Leadership Fund’s latest ad is shot in San Francisco

Screenshot of the Congressional Leadership Fund ad.

The millions of dollars Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised may have given him an early advantage in the race for Georgia’s open 6th District seat, but it’s also provided a convenient attack line for Republicans. 

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC endorsed by House GOP leadership, went to San Francisco to film its first advertisement of the runoff. The TV ad, which debuts Tuesday, is part of the group’s $6.5 million independent expenditure in the district.

Democratic Poll Gives Gianforte Single-Digit Lead in Montana
Gianforte led Quist by six points in Senate Majority PAC survey

Gianforte, left, led Quist by single digits in a recent Democratic poll.

In the race for Montana’s at-large House seat, Republican Greg Gianforte led Democratic Rob Quist by six points in a poll conducted by a Democratic super PAC late last month. 

Gianforte led Quist 49 to 43 percent. That includes undecided voters pushed for a lean toward one candidate or the other. 

GOP Super PAC Pours Millions More Into Georgia Runoff
Congressional Leadership Fund invests additional $3.5 million to boost Handel

The Congressional Leadership Fund is more than doubling its spending in the special election runoff for Georgia’s 6th District to boost Republican nominee Karen Handel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Now that the Republican field has been winnowed from 11 to one in Georgia’s 6th District, a major GOP super PAC is increasing its spending to boost GOP nominee Karen Handel in the June runoff. 

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC endorsed by House GOP leadership, is investing an additional $3.5 million in the race, bringing their total investment in the district to $6.5 million. 

American Bridge Targets Vulnerable Republicans on Russia
Focuses on Republican members in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, is one of three Republicans being targeted by liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century is targeting three vulnerable Republicans to push for an independent commission to investigate Russian ties to President Donald Trump’s administration.

The group has been making a series of videos highlighting connections between members of Trump’s campaign team and his administration and Russia.