The Dispatch: GOP Group Puts Millions Behind 'Pragmatic Conservatives'
February 8, 2023 -- The Republican Main Street Partnership is planning to invest more than $25 million in House races in 2024 to grow the GOP’s razor-thin majority. It’s already busy recruiting candidates and testing their viability in targeted districts via focus groups run by one of the party’s most prominent pollsters.
Sarah Chamberlain, executive director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, declined to list the districts the group is eyeing for a GOP takeover or hold. But she let slip that New Hampshire’s 1st District and Washington state’s 3rd District are on her radar. Both were top GOP priorities in the 2022 midterm elections, but in each the party came up short because general election voters rejected Republican nominees closely aligned with Trump.
“We’re really on top of this in an earlier way than we’ve ever been before,” Chamberlain told The Dispatch this month. That means earlier candidate recruitment, earlier candidate training schools, and earlier candidate funding, plus advance preparation to field candidates in contested districts where popular Republican incumbents are thought likely to retire.