Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dems decide not to spend big bucks to save Harry Mitchell

An article in Hotline On Call analyzes the Democrat Congressional Committee's latest ad buys in various House races across the country, and it looks like they are not going to pull out all the stops to save Harry Mitchell, but will focus on other races instead where the Democrat has a decent chance at winning. They are spending $609,000 to defend Rep. Zack Space(D-Ohio) and more than $300,000 each on behalf of Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Phil Hare (D-Ill.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.), Frank Kratovil (D-Md.), Ike Skelton(D-Mo.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.). Another 16 members will see more than $200,000 in DCCC ads run in their districts this week.

Whereas the DCCC is only spending $236k on Mitchell's race, about the same amount they are spending on Ann Kirkpatrick's race, which is now expected to go Republican. The message being sent is clear - the DCCC now gives Mitchell about the same chance of winning as it does Kirkpatrick, which is very little. 

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