The DCCC revealed its hand a few weeks ago. Now it’s the NRCC’s turn, reserving $22 million in ad time in 40 districts around the country and drawing up a target list that includes a number of junior House Democrats but also a few powerful veterans like Budget Committee chairman Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.) and Appropriations Committee stalwart Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas).
While the Democrats stuck largely to defense — choosing to shore up vulnerable incumbents in 54 of the 60 districts where they reserved ad time — Republicans are going on the offensive. 39 of the 40 seats covered by the NRCC’s buy are currently held by Democrats. (Politico has a full list of the districts here.)
The disparity between the numbers of districts staked out by the two committees tell a larger story, however, in which the ambitions of the Republican committees are getting hampered by their lack of funds. The DCCC’s ad buy was for over $49 million, shoring up some vulnerable incumbents that the NRCC concluded it simply didn’t have the resources to go after. Whether independent expenditure groups, who can’t coordinate with the party but can very easily look at the NRCC’s preliminary fall list, take a cue and fill in the spending gaps remains to be seen.
MA-Sen: 66 to 19
BOSTON -- That, via Alex Isenstadt and Josh Kraushaar, is the number that defined the Massachusetts Senate race more than anything else. From the primary
MA-Sen: A Text Message From Scott Brown
BOSTON -- Having signed up for Scott Brown’s text message service for election day, I just got this text: Are you about to have lunch? It’s a great time to
MA-Sen: Brown Wins
BOSTON -- At 9:20, the first rumors of Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate race started to work around the room. A moment later, Doug Flutie
MA-Sen: 150 Conservative Bloggers Fan Out, Looking for Scandals
BOSTON -- The mysterious Election Journal blog, which first released the infamous 2008 video of two bumbling New Black Panther Party members waving nightsticks
MA-Sen: Loyal Democrats Grouse About Coakley
BOSTON -- A little while after noon, a steady crowd of Democratic voters streamed into the Cathedral High School Gymnasium to cast votes for their party’s
MA-Sen: Out-of-Staters for Brown
BOSTON -- A surprising discovery at yesterday’s People’s Rally in Worcester was just how many people had traveled into the state to assist, in whatever way,
MA-Sen Photos: ‘Paint the Town Red! Croakley’s Dead!’
Below are some photos of yesterday’s People’s Rally in Worcester, the rally that Brown held to counter-program the Obama rally in Boston. The crush of
BOSTON -- Snow is falling in the Bay State, from western Massachusetts to heavily Democratic downtown Boston. In a campaign full of lucky breaks for Republican
MA-Sen: Republicans Celebrate Coakley’s Gaffes in Worcester
WORCESTER, Mass. - By the way, said Curt Schilling. One more thing. I am not a Yankees fan. The overflowing crowd at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall on
Net Investors Bullish on Palin’s Prospects for Staying on Ticket
Just for fun, the Internet prediction Website Intrade has opened a contract on whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be withdrawn as McCain’s running mate.