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House Majority PAC Links Republicans to Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 08:36 AM

House Majority PAC, a pro-Democrat super PAC, is launching TV ads that link Republican candidates running for the House to Donald Trump, regardless of whether they have endorsed him or not.

According to Politico, the eight ads target voters in districts that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is likely to win, but where House Democrats have struggled. The ads tie the Republican candidates to Trump's lewd comments about women, including the 2005 video from "Access Hollywood."

The videos begin with a mother and her daughters in a kitchen, with the Republican candidate on a TV. In a video targeting Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen, the narrator says, "Trump's just so disgusting and degrading. It just seems like he's invaded our lives. And he's the Republican nominee for president. And now Republican Congressman Paulsen is trying to run away from Trump?"

Then a quote appears onscreen of Paulsen saying he planned to vote for Trump. The narrator returns, saying, "I mean, come on. We just can't vote for Paulsen or Trump."

The ads target Paulsen, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, New York Rep. John Katko, Texas Rep. Will Hurd, and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican seeking an open seat in Philadelphia — all of whom removed their support for Trump when the "Access Hollywood" video came out.

The other Republicans that the ads target have stayed on Trump's side: Iowa Rep. David Young, New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, and Mike Gallager, who's seeking an open seat in Wisconsin.

Trump is in a close race with Clinton in the districts of Zeldin and Gallagher, but Clinton is expected to win in the districts of the other candidates.

House Majority PAC is the Democrats' biggest House-focused PAC, and is spending $4.7 million through Election Day.

According to The Washington Post, Republicans currently hold 246 seats to the Democrats 186 seats in the House. Three are vacant, and two of those are in Republican areas. Democrats would need to win 30 seats.

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