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Wash. Examiner: Ryan Super PAC Helped Force Georgia House Runoff

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By Joe Crowe   |   Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 10:50 AM

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, sent money and staff to help Republicans in the Tuesday House race in Georgia, which resulted in a runoff for the seat.

"If we had waited another couple of weeks, it would have been too late," said Cory Bliss, the PAC's executive director, in an interview, according to the Washington Examiner.

Democrat Jon Ossoff ended up with around 48 percent of the vote to take the House seat vacated when Tom Price became Health and Human Services secretary. That result was not enough to stave off a runoff election with Republican runners-up.

Bliss said that the PAC had planned on focusing on the 2018 midterm election, but decided to spend $3 million to help against Ossoff after a poll in March showed Ossoff at 42.4 percent and rising.

Bliss and Ryan Terrill, the PAC's data director, set up a 100-person field team to get out the vote.

"CLF was the first group involved in Georgia's special election, and it was our mission to define Ossoff as dishonest and inept through a strong ground game and aggressive advertising efforts," Bliss said.

"This is a solid Republican seat in which Democratic performance has lingered in mid-30s over the past three election cycles," according to Ed Espinoza, a Democratic strategist. Price won reelection there by 62 percent, the Examiner reported.

An April poll that the group held showed that 62 percent of voters preferred someone who would work with Ryan than someone that would work with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, so ads were targeted against her.

President Donald Trump also weighed in against Ossoff. After the vote, he celebrated the need for a runoff in a tweet.

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The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, sent money and staff to help Republicans in the Tuesday House race in Georgia, which resulted in a runoff for the seat.
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