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DCCC Spends to Boost Five Incumbents

Rahall is receiving a boost from national Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added an additional $1.3 million in ad buys Friday in five districts to boost incumbents with increasingly challenging re-election races.  

The cash injection comes 11 days before voters head to the polls and signals House Democrats are increasingly fearful they could see double-digit losses on election night.  

Here are the five districts where the DCCC is adding airtime:  

  • An additional $318,000 on Chicago cable through Election Day to aid freshman Rep. Brad Schneider in Illinois' 10th District. The race is rated Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • An additional $485,000 on St. Louis broadcast through Election Day to help freshman Rep. Bill Enyart in Illinois' 12th District. Rating: Tossup
  • Another $65,000 on Duluth broadcast to help Rep. Rick Nolan in Minnesota's 8th District. Rating: Leans Democratic
  • An additional $223,000 in New York's Syracuse-based 24th District to aid Rep. Dan Maffei. Rating: Leans Democratic
  • An additional $163,000 through Oct. 27 in West Virginia's Bluefield/Beckley and Charleston/Huntington broadcast markets to help Rep. Nick J. Rahall II. Rating: Tossup

On Tuesday, the DCCC added an additional $1.8 million in six districts where the party is on the defense — including Illinois' 12th and Minnesota's 8th.  

The committee also continues to spend on some offensive opportunities.  

On Thursday, the DCCC added airtime in West Virginia's 2nd District — a open seat because GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is running for Senate. The National Republican Congressional Committee followed suit, suggesting this race is competitive.  

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