May 24, 2017

5-24-2017 POLITICO Morning Score Info on MT & GA races

Days until the 2017 election: 168

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN – “Republicans: Montana special election ‘closer than it should be,'” by POLITICO’s Elena Schneider and Gabriel Debenedetti: “It’s a recurring nightmare of a pattern for Republicans around the country, as traditional GOP strongholds prove more difficult and expensive for the party to hold than it ever anticipated when President Donald Trump plucked House members like Ryan Zinke, the former Montana Republican now running the Interior Department, for his Cabinet. Gianforte is still favored to keep the seat red, but a state Trump carried by 20 percentage points last year became a battleground in the last few months. … ‘I remember talking to people when it first started who said this was a slam dunk, Gianforte’s it. And it’s not there anymore,’ said Jim Larson, the Montana Democratic Party chairman. ‘It is a lot closer than people ever thought it would be.’ Gianforte has led consistently in polls of the special election, but Quist has narrowed that lead to single digits in recent weeks, according to private surveys.” Full story.

– Updates: Quist has raised more than $6 million for his campaign as of yesterday, including $1 million in the past week. Meanwhile, Pence recorded a robo-call for Gianforte. “With Greg Gianforte’s help, we will make America great again,” he says on the call. Full story here.

AND IN GEORGIA – NEW THIS MORNING – On the heels of new Democratic investments, Handel adds a new TV ad: Republican Karen Handel is adding a new TV and digital ad that goes after Democrat Jon Ossoff on “to hide his lack of experience and misleading resume,” per a statement from her campaign. “No experience, no record of success, so he intentionally misled us to get our vote,” the ad’s narrator says. “The problem is, he got caught. Now Jon Ossoff and his liberal allies have been caught lying about Karen Handel too.” Watch the ad here.

– CLF releases new radio ad, grows field program in GA-06: The Congressional Leadership Fund is bringing on 45 new door-knockers, expanding its field program to 135 paid staffers on the ground. It also added a new goal of reaching an additional 100,000 doors. The Republican group is also out with a new radio ad that hits on the same themes as its TV ads: “San Francisco will have Nancy Pelosi as our Congresswoman and Jon Ossoff as our Congressman,” the radio ad’s narrator says. Listen to the ad here.

The moves come after the DCCC announced they would be spending an additional $2 million in the district on Tuesday. Of the investment, $1.5 million would go to television ads, with the remaining half-million aimed at get-out-the-vote digital ads and African-American print and radio ads.

Pence will also hit the trail in GA-06 on June 9, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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