PAC strives to wrest the grip of incumbents
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.