Democrats Aim to Boost Black Turnout With Radio in Florida

Southerland is a vulnerable House Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Democratic outside group will start airing a radio ad targeting Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., in his high-stakes race against Democrat Gwen Graham in the 2nd District.  

According to information provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call, Ocean Champions, a conservation group that backs Democratic candidates, will begin a $64,000 buy Tuesday that will run 1,300 radio spots in the final month of the campaign. The group will release another spot later in the month.  

The contest is one of the cycle's most competitive, and the race is rated a Tossup  by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. On Monday, both campaigns released varied internal polling .  

The district-wide buy will target radio stations with large African-American listenerships. Graham must have a robust turnout from that voting bloc to win on Election Day.  

The group will release another spot later in the month, and they made a television buy in August in the same race.  

This is an environmental group, the ad focuses on Social Security:  

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