With polls tightening in North Carolina’s Senate race, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is betting an additional $6.5 million on Thom Tillis.
The NRSC is investing that much on top of $3.9 million already committed to help Tillis.
The move comes as groups are making last-minute adjustments to their spending strategies three weeks before Election Day. A week before the new North Carolina investment, the NRSC canceled $850,000 in ads on behalf of Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land.
The NRSC bump still leaves the group behind its Democratic counterpart. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has spent more than $16 million on behalf of Sen. Kay Hagan, and just announced an additional $1 million.
The NRSC investment comes as internal tracking polls and outside surveys show the race is tightening. Real Clear Politics shows Hagan with an average lead of 1.5 points, smaller than just a few days ago.
After getting pummeled in TV spending for months, Tillis and his allies pulled even, and even a little ahead, in mid-September, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Lately they’ve been hitting Hagan with a series of ads that highlight the time she missed a Senate security hearing to attend a Park Avenue fundraiser.
Hagan released an ad in response. It touts her “98 percent voting attendance record” on Armed Services. And it calls Tillis a hypocrite for missing legislative votes in the state House this summer to raise money out of state.
Her campaign says she voted on 57 of 58 votes over six years. Meeting attendance itself is different.
“Even though Sen. Hagan has persistently led in the polls, it’s never been anywhere close to a lead too big to come back from,” said Tom Jensen, director of Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling.