Tuesday 6 October 2020

Democrats launch tidal wave of ads in Senate seats they believe they can win outspending Republicans by as much as $38 MILLION in North Carolina alone

 In nine out of the 10 most competitive Senate races, Democrats have outspent Republicans on advertising.  

Axios reported Monday that Democrats have spent $327 million for advertising on those Senate races, versus the $259 million spent by Republicans.  In North Carolina that, alone, amounted to $38 million. 

The report looked at spending from January to October 2020 in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana and North Carolina. 

North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham
Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield

North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham (left) had $38 million more at his disposal for political advertising than his GOP rival, Sen. Thom Tillis, while Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield (right) had $21 million more than GOP Sen. Joni Ernst 

Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly
Montana Democratic Senate candidate Steve Bullock

Democrats spent more than $60 million to help Arizona Senate hopeful Mark Kelly (left) and Montana Senate candidate Steve Bullock (right), who's the state's former governor and briefly ran for president in the 2020 cycle  

Captain Mark Kelly promotes himself as candidate 'for Arizona'
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In those 10 states,  Democrats are only defending incumbents in two of them: Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama and Sen. Gary Peters on Michigan.   

The other eight races represent potential Democratic pick-ups.  

Ad spending in North Carolina represents the most money. 

Democrats have spent $116 million to elect Cal Cunningham - who had been waylaid by a sexting scandal before Republican incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis tested positive for the coronavirus Friday. 

Tillis had already received flack for his handling of the virus - including posing for a picture with a mask on at President Donald Trump's Republican National Convention speech on the White House's South Lawn, only to be captured seated in the audience bare-faced. 

Republicans have spent $78 million in advertising trying to defend Tillis' seat. 

After North Carolina, Democrats have spent $87 million trying to take away Repubican Sen. Joni Ernst's Senate seat in Iowa, backing challenger Theresa Greenfield. Republicans have spent $66 million on the race.  

Democratic advertising in Arizona and Montana also topped $60 million. 

In Arizona, astronaut Mark Kelly - the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - is challenging Republican Sen. Martha McSally. 

In Montana, the state's former governor who briefly ran for the Democratic nomination in 2020, Steve Bullock, is taking on Republican Sen. Steve Daines. 

In both cases, Republicans were outspent by around $20 million.  

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