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May 10, 2017

5-10-2017 Politico Election Nuggets (GA & MT)…

SPECIAL ELECTION UPDATE – “Voter registration backlog complicates Georgia’s 6th District runoff,” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein: “Local counties under order to reopen voter registration in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District face a backlog of tens of thousands of applications and have already begun working overtime to process them all in time for the June 20 runoff election. [O]fficials said it is impossible to know how many of them involve residents in each county who actually reside in the district itself. … Counties are trying to get all applications in by June 8.” (That would give Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel’s campaigns 12 days before the June 20 runoff for individual voter contact with all new voters.) Full story.

FIRST IN SCORE – AAN kicks off another round of health care ads: American Action Network is adding another $250,000 to a digital ad effort to promote the GOP’s health care plan during recess, bringing its total investment in supporting the legislation to $2.7 million. The ad targets 25 congressional districts, which cover members in swing districts, leadership positions and members of the House Freedom Caucus. The ads, which ask voters to thank members for the “bold plan” that will “cut the deficit,” will run on several platforms, including Facebook and Google, for the next two weeks. Watch the digital ad here.

– The full list of members: Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02), Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10), Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25), Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39), Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45), Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01), Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-03), Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01), Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), Rep. Jason Lewis (MN-02), Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04), Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Rep. Greg Walden (OR-02), Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08) and Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01).

NEW THIS A.M. – Club for Growth backs Norman in SC-05 GOP runoff: The Club for Growth is endorsing former state Rep. Ralph Norman to replace Rep. Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina’s 5th District. Norman is one week away from a GOP primary runoff against state Rep. Tommy Pope. Club for Growth Action, the group’s political arm, is out with two ads, which will run on cable, digital and broadcast in the Columbia, Greenville and Charlotte markets from Wednesday until election day. One of the ads, “Millions,” attacks Pope for working as a personal injury lawyer and voting to expand worker’s compensation. “Pope wanted to give himself more ways to make more millions,” a narrator declares. Watch the ad here.

FIRST IN SCORE – Quist raises $500,000 in last week: Democrat Rob Quist has raised $500,000 in the Montana House special election since The New York Times reported that Republican Greg Gianforte praised the GOP’s health care bill “during a private conference call with Republican lobbyists in Washington,” per a campaign aide.

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