The head super PAC for Senate Democrats will spend $17 million on television advertisements in just six battleground states this month, The Washington Post reports.
Officials at Senate Majority PAC told the newspaper that they have reserved airtime late in the summer in four states the President Donald Trump won handily in 2016 to support Democrats who are running for reelection: Indiana, North Dakota, Missouri and West Virginia. They will also run ads in two states where Democratic candidates hope to unseat GOP incumbents: Tennessee and Nevada.
“SMP’s latest round of reservations reflect the fact that the Senate battleground map has shifted in recent weeks and Democrats have the momentum,” said the group’s president, J.B. Poersch, in a statement.
Republicans are most hopeful about flipping Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s seat in North Dakota, and remain optimistic about winning Sen. Joe Donnelly’s in Indiana and Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s seat has been considered vulnerable, but strategists from both parties have seen his standing improve over the past few months.
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is considered the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbent, while Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker’s retirement left the state with an open race.
“It’s nip and tuck whether we get back the majority,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told the Post in a recent interview. “If you look race by race, it’s neck-and-neck.”
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