GOP Rushes To Outspend Dems With $25 Million Investment

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The Senate Leadership Fund raised $25 million for six different vulnerable senators, according to a Politico report Wednesday.

Most of the funding is to support Republican Joe Heck, who is running for Sen. Harry Reid’s vacant seat. The SLF plans to spend $7,458,849 in the next two weeks on ads supportive of Heck. Heck currently trails Democratic challenger Catherine Masto by two points in the Real Clear average.

Sen. Pat Toomey is next in line, receiving $5,223,069 from the Leadership Fund. Toomey is also running close, but carries a 1.8 percent lead over Democratic challenger Katie McGinty in the Real Clear polling average for Pennsylvania. Toomey earned a 3-point lead in the latest Emerson University poll.

Rep. Todd Young of Indiana is set to receive $4,090,500, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is set to receive $3,245,500, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte will benefit from $2,649,000, and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt rounds out the pack with $2,323,500.

“Over the last two weeks, we’ve seen every liberal Democratic group descend on these races,” Senate Leadership Fund President Steven Law told Politico. “Democrats feel like the presidential race is in the bag for them and are looking for fresh game in the Senate.”

Law told Politico that part of the reason spending is so high in some races is due to very high advertising rates so close to November. “This isn’t a cheap date,” Law said.

The Senate Leadership Fund finds itself to be the only funding arm available to Republican candidates in the final weeks of the election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is low on funds, and other groups like the NRA, Chamber of Commerce, and the Koch Network cut back on ad spending in the final stretch of the campaign.

Financial backers of the group know “we’re going to take casualties but that we’re going to go out guns blazing.”

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