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Sept. 1, 2014 SIGN IN | REGISTER

What it Takes: Jared Polis Edition

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

"We don't just help them raise a bunch of money and then let them waste it," Polis said of the program. "We really want to make sure they spend it on things that work. Even to get into the Red to Blue, they have to have a campaign budget, a campaign plan that we approve that has, yes, how much they raise, but also how they spend it. Meaning that they need to know all the pricing of their media market and what they need to spend on ads to win and mail and field and everything else."

Sinema, who is backed by the grandchildren of the late conservative icon Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), is a bright spot for the party, with national Democrats increasingly optimistic about her chances of defeating Republican Vernon Parker in an open-seat race in the Grand Canyon State.

The National Republican Congressional Committee isn't ceding anything, though. Parker delivered the GOP's weekly address today and the NRCC has launched a $900,000 television advertising buy.

The NRCC ad shows Sinema in space with a satellite floating nearby, calling her "far out."

"Kyrsten appeared in the Communist party newspaper. Really, she did," the ad says.

At the Sinema fundraiser, Polis touted her as, "somewhat of an expert in exactly what's needed in this town, which is working with the other side and respecting where they come from," words that parallel his well-received convention speech in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month.

Forty minutes after arriving, as Sinema began to take questions, Polis ducked out, en route to his next event, the documentary screening.

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