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Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC readies help for Hurd, Culberson in Texas

MiamiHerald / A super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan is opening two field offices in Texas, aimed at protecting vulnerable incumbent Republicans San Antonio Rep. Will Hurd and Houston area Rep. John Culberson.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won both congressional districts in 2016, and Democrats’ House campaign arm has named Hurd and Culberson top targets in the party’s effort to win control of the House next year.

The Ryan-linked Congressional Leadership Fund, whose goal is to retain the GOP’s House majority, plans to spend $100 million promoting House Republican candidates across the country.

The decision to go into Texas, more than a year ahead of the midterm elections, could pressure Democrats to prioritize other races across the country over the Hurd and Culberson contests.

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