The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in recent days has given back television time it had reserved in Democrat-held districts in West Virginia, South Carolina and Ohio — apparently concluding those races are beyond reach.Andrew:
The savings are being redirected to an increasing number of closely contested races, including the Washington state 8th District seat held by Reichert. Democrat Darcy Burner, a former Microsoft executive, has pounded Reichert for voting with the GOP majority.
Three recent polls show the Reichert-Burner race is too close to call. In a sign of nervousness, the NRCC recently increased its ad buy for Reichert by more than $600,000, bringing the total commitment to nearly $2 million. The party spent more than $3 million during his first congressional campaign in 2004.
And as a sign of the Republican National Committee (RNC) commitment to Reichert, chairman Ken Mehlman on Oct. 6 rallied Reichert's volunteers. The RNC has transferred $300,000 to the Washington state GOP for get-out-the-vote efforts to benefit Reichert and other candidates.
"Resources are going to be allocated to help Congressman Reichert," said Tucker Bounds, Mehlman's spokesman.
Burner is receiving help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., campaigned for her on Thursday, and the group has purchased about $1.5 million in TV time for her campaign.
"Any time you spend millions of dollars communicating with voters, it is going to have an impact," Burner said.
NRCC dumps half a million dollars into WA-08 to smear Darcy---We always knew this was coming, but it's kind of a shock just to see the numbers at last. Massive amounts of money have just been dropped into Washington's 8th District with the aim of slowing down Darcy Burner's aggressive grassroots campaign with tons and tons of mud.Send Darcy your coin of the realm here.