GOP Senate PAC Spending $4 Million Against Bayh

Senate Leadership Fund has spent over $1M so far in Indiana race

Democrat Evan Bayh, left, faces Republican Rep. Todd Young in the Indiana Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Democrat Evan Bayh, left, faces Republican Rep. Todd Young in the Indiana Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted August 29, 2016 at 10:59am

A super PAC allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will spend nearly $4 million in ads this fall against Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh to try to prevent him from winning back his former seat in the Senate.

The Senate Leadership Fund, dedicated to helping Republicans maintain their Senate majority, made the ad reservation on Friday, according to The Indianapolis Star.

The fund placed $960,000 in weekly ads for three weeks in September and one week in October, according to the report. It has already spent $1 million on the race so far, and $800,000 helping Republican Rep. Todd Young win his primary.

[Democratic Poll: Bayh (Still) Up Big]

A Monmouth University poll from earlier this month gave Bayh a 7-point lead over Young in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats. An internal Democratic poll released last week showed Bayh leading by 18 points.