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Angie Craig Back for Rematch Against Jason Lewis in Minnesota
Craig lost to Lewis by less than 2 points in 2016

Angie Craig, the Democratic Farmer Labor candidate in Minnesota’s 2nd District in 2016, announced Monday she’s running again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Angie Craig lost last year’s open-seat race in Minnesota’s 2nd District by less than 2 points. On Monday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate announced she’d try to unseat last year’s rival, freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis.

Craig, a former health care executive, plans to spend the summer on a listening tour of the district before officially kicking off her campaign in the fall. She’s already been active in the district this year, holding an “adopt a district” town hall in the 2nd District with 1st District Rep. Tim Walz.

24 House Republicans Face Attacks Over Health Care Vote
Liberal advocacy group targets Republicans in TV and digital ads

The liberal advocacy group Save My Care is attacking Arizona Rep. Martha McSally for her vote for the GOP health care plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Twenty-four GOP members of Congress home on recess this week will be greeted by a new six-figure ad campaign attacking them for their vote in the House last week for the Republican health care plan. 

The liberal health care advocacy group Save My Care is launching a TV and digital advertising campaign worth more than half a million dollars on Monday that will run this week. 

Republicans Identify Vulnerable Members for 2018
NRCC announces initial round of Patriot Program

Minnesota freshman Rep. Jason Lewis is part of the NRCC’s initial Patriot Program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named 10 members to its Patriot Program for incumbents who are expected to face tough re-election races in 2018.

“Our Patriots are a group of battle-tested members who won hard-fought races in 2016 and are ready to win once again,” Rep. Steve Stivers, the NRCC chairman, said in a statement Wednesday. 

Republican Jason Lewis Elected in Minnesota’s 2nd District
GOP holds on to seat of retiring Rep. John Kline

Republican Jason Lewis is heading to Congress after winning Minnesota’s 2nd District seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Jason Lewis will defeat Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Angie Craig in Minnesota’s 2nd District, The Associated Press projects. 

Lewis led Craig 49 percent to 43 percent with 84 percent of precincts reporting. 

Minnesota’s Mini-Trump in Tighter-Than-Expected Race
GOP’s Jason Lewis is keeping things close in a must-win seat for Democrats

Jason Lewis, Republican candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd District, talks with volunteers at his campaign office in Burnsville, Minn., on Oct. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Burnsville, Minn. — When Jason Lewis, a former radio talk show host with a history of making controversial comments about women, slavery and same-sex marriage, won the August Republican primary for Minnesota’s 2nd District, Democrats were joyous. 

Republicans were muted. Lewis, who’s been dubbed a “mini-Trump” after the GOP presidential nominee, wasn’t the party establishment’s preferred pick to hold onto the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. John Kline

Democratic Super PAC Cancels Minnesota 3rd District Reservations
House Majority PAC cuts TV time for 2nd District for opposite reason

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen can point to recent GOP polling which shows him comfortably ahead of his Democratic challenger Terri Bonoff in the state's 3rd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that works to elect Democrats to the House, has cancelled its TV reservations in Minnesota's 3rd District. 

Democrats had touted the suburban district, held by four-term Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, as one that Donald Trump's candidacy could help put in play. A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll from Sept. 12 gave Democratic state Sen. Terri Bonoff a 40-38 percent edge over Paulsen.

House GOP Super PAC Investing Record Sums in 15 Districts
Congressional Leadership Fund to spend more than it did in 2012 and 2014

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, seen here with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, is getting help from the Congressional Leadership Fund. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House Republican leadership, is pouring another $10.7 million into House races as the GOP seeks to defend their hold on the lower chamber and flip several Democratic-held seats. 

The additional spending brings the fund's general election expenditures this cycle to $20.7 million in 15 House districts, nearly twice what it spent in 2014 and 2012. The super PAC spent $11.6 million in 2014 and $10.7 million in 2012. 

Open Minnesota House Seat Takeover Opportunity for Democrats
Lackluster candidates in moderate district could be one of first GOP House seats to change hands

The retirement of Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., shown hugging Janna Ryan after Rep. Paul Ryan was sworn in as House Speaker last year, makes his seat a big target for Democrats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. John Kline is retiring  from his competitive, suburban district in Minnesota and expressed concern over the lack of quality GOP candidates to replace him. Those concerns are becoming reality as the seat continues to develop into a prime Democratic takeover opportunity.  

In 2014, Kline was re-elected by 17 points, but his margin of victory made the 2nd District look less competitive than reality, considering President Barack Obama won the district twice, albeit narrowly.  

House Majority PAC Scales Up TV Ad Buys for Fall
The Democratic group is purchasing time early in competitive districts

House Majority PAC has reserved airtime in the Washington media market, which covers Virginia's 10th District, where Democrat LuAnn Bennett, above, is challenging GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democrats running for the House, announced on Thursday five additional television reservations for the final weeks of the campaign, bringing its total reservations to more than $12.2 million so far.  

"We will keep making wise investments that maximize the impact of our dollars and maximize the opportunities Democrats have to win in 2016,” House Majority PAC Executive Director Ali Lapp said in a statement.