National Democrats, already spending nearly $1 million on an ad against Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole, apparently plan to spend an additional $7 million after Labor Day.
“I don't think anybody's been targeted that much,” Dole aide Brian Nick said during a Charlotte appearance with the senator today.
Nick said the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has reserved $7.3 million of airtime in North Carolina after Labor Day. The DSCC already has spent about $800,000 on an ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByDv0hTP4Jc) that calls Dole ineffective. DSCC spokesman Matt Miller would not confirm the amounts.
The money would help Dole's Democratic opponent, state Sen. Kay Hagan. Hagan reported having raised around $3 million through June to Dole's $8.4 million.
Jennifer Duffy, an analyst with the Washington-based Cook Political Report, said the $7 million figure may be inflated. But it still suggests Democrats plan to make an impact in the race.
“If I'm Sen. Dole I'd be worried about the money the DSCC is going to spend, whether it's $3 million or $7 million.”
Dole spoke to the Charlotte Chamber this morning and later toured Johnson C. Smith University.