Dem campaign arm spending six figures in Montana House race

Dem campaign arm spending six figures in Montana House race

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is making a six-figure investment in the open Montana House race after Democrats’ strong showings in the Georgia and Kansas special elections raised the party’s hopes about competing in red areas.

A DCCC official told The Hill that the committee will invest six figures into the Montana Democratic Party to help boost Democratic nominee Rob Quist’s campaign. The state party and Quist campaign will decide how to spend the contribution. The Huffington Post first reported the investment.

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After a narrow loss in Kansas and with a June runoff looming in Georgia, Democrats are turning to the special election to fill the seat vacated by President Trump’s Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke. Quist will face off against GOP nominee Greg Gianforte on May 25.

National Democrats went in early for Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s special election, where he fell just shy of the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. But the DCCC drew fierce criticism for waiting until the day before the Kansas race to get involved there. Democrat James Thompson fell to Republican Ron Estes by just 7 percentage points in the ruby red district.

The Montana race is starting to heat up about a month ahead of the general election contest, and both nominees have racked up high-profile endorsements.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Healthcare: CBO fallout | GOP senators distance themselves from House bill | Trump budget chief blasts score | Schumer says House bill belongs 'in the trash' Schumer: Republicans should throw their health bill 'in the trash' Overnight Finance: GOP bill would leave 23M more uninsured, says CBO | Trump aides defend budget | Mnuchin asks for clean debt hike before August | Ryan says House could pass bill without border tax MORE (I-Vt.) recently endorsed Quist, his second endorsement of 2017. He will campaign with the Montana Democrat across the state in May.

Gianforte, a wealthy businessman who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2016, will campaign alongside Donald TrumpDonald TrumpU.S. war ship nears Chinese island in first navigation challenge under Trump: report Poll: Americans disagree with Comey firing Thousands protested Trump visit in Belgium MORE Jr. at several rallies starting Friday.

Republicans are favored to win Montana’s lone congressional district, but the party isn’t taking any chances after close special elections and has already dropped cash into Montana.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership, will spend at least $1 million on ads and get-out-the-vote efforts, according to The Wall Street Journal. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s advertising arm also purchased six figures in both TV and digital ads.