Thursday, April 12, 2018

UPDATE: National Republicans Drop Another $270K On #AZ08 Special Election, Total Hits $889,327; Democrats Start To Answer

The National Republican Congressional Committee ("NRCC") dropped $270,000 for a new ad touting Debbie Lesko for the April 24 Special Election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District.  National GOP groups have now spent $889,327 in the past month to ensure that the solid Republican district stays in GOP hands.

The NRCC ad - which has not been posted online - likely attacks Democratic nominee Hiral Tipirneni. Tipirneni's campaign is airing its own attack ad against Lesko.

The national Republicans have also invested heavily in so-called ground game activities, such as door-to-door canvassing, phone calls, etc.  The candidates' next campaign finance reports are due next week.

A fairly new national Democratic group - the Progressive Turnout Project - filed an independent expenditure report this week, noting they have spent $14,117 in airlines tickets and other expenses. It is the first report of national groups trying to help Tipirneni tip the seat to the Democrats.

The Progressive Turnout Project told Arizona's Politics that they are sending approximately 30 staffers to Arizona's West Valley "in the final weekend leading up to Election Day" to help get out the vote. Spokesperson Priyal Amin says the PTP is "grassroots funded", and a check of their FEC reports does back it up.

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