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Senate Races 2014: Why Michigan Never Became Iowa

Peters is the Democratic nominee in Michigan. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats Dominate Michigan Senate Race Spending (Charts)

(Courtesy Echelon Insights)

Outside groups are driving the spending on broadcast television ads in the final months of the Michigan Senate race and Democrats are dominating the spending battle, according to a breakdown compiled by Republican firm Echelon Insights for Terri Lynn Land's campaign.  

Land is running against Democratic Rep. Gary Peters in the open seat contest.  

New Terri Lynn Land Ad Knocks Washington
Harry Reid to Fundraise for Two Democrats in Lake Tahoe

Harry Reid of Nevada is the Senate Majority Leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a retreat in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, this weekend with donors to boost two Democratic Senate campaigns: Rep. Gary Peters' bid in Michigan and Sen. Al Franken's re-election in Minnesota.  

According to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call, the Lake Tahoe Retreat runs from Aug. 15 through 17 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village. The required contribution to attend is $10,000 with checks made payable to Searchlight Lake Tahoe Victory Fund, Reid's joint fundraising committee. So far this cycle, Searchlight Lake Tahoe Victory Fund has contributed $19,698 to Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and $20,888 to Sen. Mark Begich, D-Ala., both of whom have competitive re-election bids this cycle. It also gave $27,060 to the Searchlight Leadership Fund, Reid's leadership PAC. A spokeswoman for Franken confirmed he would be attending. Peters' campaign could not immediately confirm his attendance, and did not respond to further inquiries.  

Senate Candidate Targets Democrat on Immigration
6 Reasons Senate Republicans Should Be Optimistic — and Concerned About Election Day

In 2014 Senate races, Republicans are optimistic they can defeat Braley, above, and pick up a seat in Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With 100 days to go until Election Day, Senate Republicans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about winning the majority — but they also have grounds for concern.  

After coming up short in 2010 and 2012, the GOP is unquestionably well positioned to finish the job this time. Republicans need to match their November 2010 score of six seats to take the majority, and the party has multiple paths to the finish line.  

Terri Lynn Land Targeted in Super PAC Ad in Michigan

Gary Peters is getting some outside help. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority PAC launched a TV ad Saturday aimed at the Republican vying for Michigan's open Senate seat.  

The Democrat-aligned super PAC's spot, backed by a nearly $650,000 buy and running for two weeks, features three state residents criticizing former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on issues including tax breaks for the wealthy and women's health, while labeling Land a "career politician." www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHDzf7q6V_g  

Tom Steyer's 2014 Targets Start With Four Senate Races

Tom Steyer, the Democrats' financial answer to the Koch brothers, has set his sights on specific Senate and gubernatorial races to spend the $100 million he's earmarked for the midterm elections.  

His super PAC, NextGen Climate Action , aims to promote candidates who support action to mitigate the effects of climate change. It was active in last year's elections for Virginia governor and a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts.  

GOP Senate Hopeful Rebuts 'War on Women' in First TV Ad

Peters is running for Senate. (Douglas Graham/ CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land, a Republican, is up with her first ad of the cycle in Michigan, making fun of the idea that she — a woman — is waging a war on women.  

Land is running against Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.  

Democratic Super PAC Targets Michigan, Arkansas Senate Races

Senate Majority PAC, a outside group committed to electing Democrats to the Senate, released two new ads on Friday targeting races in Arkansas and Michigan. The spots are part of a multi-state campaign to counter massive advertisement spending from Americans for Prosperity, a group supported by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.  

The spots argue that GOP Senate candidates, Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, advance corporate interests over the economic well-being of two different demographic groups.