A super PAC funded almost entirely by billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has opened up its coffers to seven women running to unseat veteran Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives.
The super PAC, called Independence USA, has spent just more than $2 million this month in backing the Democratic challengers, according to a new Federal Election Commission filing submitted late Friday. Election Day is Nov. 6.
The candidates include:
- Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia State Senator running to unseat Rep. Barbara Comstock in the state's 10th District. The PAC spent slightly more than $343,000 to back Wexton.
- Kim Schrier, a pediatrician looking to flip a seat that's been held by seven-term Republican Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District. The PAC spent more than $600,000 on internet ads to back Schrier and oppose her GOP rival, Dino Rossi.
- Former Obama administration official Haley Stevens, who is looking to replace outgoing Rep. Dave Trott in Michigan's 11th District. The group spent $593,000 on an internet ad buy.
Most of the seven candidates are in districts favorable to Democrats, who are trying to flip the House out of GOP control. Nonpartisan political analysis site Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball marks only one of them as a toss-up: Michigan's 8th District, where former Obama official Elissa Slotkin is running against GOP Rep. Mike Bishop. The others are in areas considered "lean" or "safe" Democratic.