PAC strives to wrest the grip of in­cum­bents

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY LUKE ROSIAK

When it comes to Congress, the only num­ber higher than vot­ers’ dis­ap­proval of its mem­bers is the rate at which they re­elect those same law­mak­ers. With sit­ting mem­bers of Congress backed by cash from Washington-based trade groups and party lead­ers, run­ning against an in­cum­bent tra­di­tion­ally has seemed like an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity.

But ac­tivists are us­ing a new tool to dis­rupt the sta­tus quo: su­per PACS that could spend enough money across the coun­try to knock off low-per­form­ing mem­bers of Congress in low­turnout, lit­tle-dis­cussed pri­maries.

With the vast ma­jor­ity of dis­tricts a lock for one party or the other, the party pri­maries — 10 states hold elec­tions or cau­cuses Tues­day — are where the face of Congress re­ally takes shape.

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