Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
August 28, 2014

DCCC Moving TV Resources to More Competitive Races

House Democrats shifted resources away from six races as the party continues to move money to more promising targets.

According to two sources who monitor ad buys, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cut its reservations in the following GOP-leaning House districts during the week of Oct. 9:

  • Florida’s 16th district, where the DCCC originally reserved $229,800 in the Tampa market. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
  • Indiana’s 2nd district, where the DCCC originally booked $56,300 in the South Bend market. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
  • North Dakota’s at-large open seat, where the DCCC originally reserved $76,600 in the Fargo market. Roll Call rates this race as Likely Republican.
  • Ohio’s 10th district, where the DCCC originally reserved $66,100 in the Dayton market. This is the committee’s second cancellation in this market in as many weeks. Roll Call rates this race as Safe Republican.
  • Virginia’s 2nd district, where the DCCC originally reserved $77,700 in the Norfolk market. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
  • The DCCC trimmed — but did not cancel — in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, where Rep. Mark Critz (D) is in a tough race. The committee plans to continue with $160,000 worth of advertisements that week. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

The DCCC shifted resources to target the following House races instead:

  • Rep. Dan Lungren’s (R) race in California’s 7th district. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.
  • Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s (R) race in New York’s 24th district. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.
  • Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R) race in Ohio’s 6th district. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
  • The open-seat race for retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson’s (R) seat in Illinois’ 13th district. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
  • Rep. Mike McIntyre’s (D) race in North Carolina’s 7th district. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

Democrats pointed out the National Republican Congressional Committee has not reserved any airtime during the same week in the districts where the DCCC is pulling back reservations. But the cancellations come just a few days after the DCCC pulled additional reservations in North Carolina and Florida races.

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