Washington (CNN) - National Republicans are expanding the number of House Democrats they'll target with television commercials over the next eight weeks leading up to the midterm elections.
A GOP source confirms to CNN that the National Republican Congressional Committee is going to expand its playing field by going up with ads in four more districts held by Democrats. That's in addition to the 41 Democratic seats already being targeted. The four new seats are in Arizona's first and fifth congressional districts, Oregon's fifth district and Pennsylvania's eighth district, all once considered safe for the Democrats.
The source, a GOP strategist familiar with the efforts, also confirms that the NRCC will spend just over $2 million in the four districts; in addition to the more than $22 million previously allocated to the 41 other seats.
"Expect Republicans to continue to capitalize on emerging opportunities as the playing field expands. The poll numbers are getting worse for Democrats by the day, and as a result the chorus of forsaken Democrat incumbents cursing the DCCC's name will only continue to grow louder," the strategist told CNN.
The move comes as two well respected non-partisan handicappers Thursday expanded the number of House seats they forecast the Republicans may capture in the November elections. The Cook Political report put out a new prediction pointing towards GOP gains in the chamber of at least 40 seats, up from their most recent forecast of up to 35 seats. The Rothenberg Political Report upped their forecast to likely GOP gains from 37 to 42 seats in the chamber, up from 28 to 33 seats. The Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to take back control of the House.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democrat's counterpart to the NRCC, quickly reacted to word of the new NRCC push.
"Stuck with a bunch of seriously flawed candidates who want to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare, outsource American jobs overseas, and return us to the failed Bush economic agenda, it's no wonder the NRCC is rushing to launch more false attacks. The fact remains, given its limited resources, the NRCC is now stuck having to make tough decisions about which of their many candidates with anemic fundraising have disqualified themselves as viable candidates and have to be abandoned," said DCCC Spokesman Ryan Rudominer.
As of the end of July, the DCCC had $35.8 million in the bank, nearly $14 million more than the NRCC.
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