The Democrats' DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) announced 2 1/2 weeks ago where it was placing some $44 Million in advertising bets, committing nearly 10% of its announcement to Arizona's three "swing" districts - all currently held by Democrats.
The NRCC announced $29.5 Million in reservations today - and, nearly 10% of that is headed towards Arizona. However, the NRCC avoided mentioning CD9, where Wendy Rogers and Andrew Walter are seeking the GOP nomination to contest Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. (DCCC reserved $2.0M to attack the GOP nominee.)
The NRCC continues to express its confidence in Martha McSally to knock off Rep. Ron Barber in CD2. They are planning to spend $1.0M on Tucson TV, which is greater than the $700K the DCCC announced.
CD1 is pretty evenly matched at this time, in the NRCC vs. DCCC battle of the negative campaign ads. The NRCC announced $1,950,000 in Phoenix TV spots, which is within (venom-)spitting distance of the DCCC's $2.2M reservation.
For comparison purposes, in 2012 the NRCC spent $2.6M in losing CD1, $1.6M in CD2, and $1.5M in CD9. (Keep in mind that that is for the entire election cycle, and was easily obtained by consulting OpenSecrets.org.)
Of course, today's announcements are not written in legally-binding stone, and independent outside spending groups look to have a much larger impact on these ad wars.
Deal another round of cards. (That next round will likely be following the August 26 primary.)
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