October 4th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
4 years ago

House Republicans go up with ads in 45 districts

Washington (CNN) - The air wars for control of the House of Representatives are heating up.

This week the National Republican Congressional Committee will begin spending $4.4 million to run television commercials in 45 districts. The ads are part of the Republican's strategy to go on the air early in hopes of locking up seats they think they can win back from the Democrats. The GOP needs a net gain of 39 seats in the midterm elections to regain the House, which Democrats have controlled the past four years.

"Even with 29 days left, the field continues to expand and we are committed to leaving no opportunities on the table when it is all said and done," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain tells CNN.

So far the NRCC is spending more money to put up more commercials than its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC appears to be saving their firepower for the closing weeks of the campaign. A Democratic source tells CNN that the DCCC plans to spend $48 million to put up commercials in 60 districts between now and Election Day.

"The momentum for House Democrats continues to build. The DCCC will continue aggressively using every tool – media, voter contact programs, and research – to retain a strong majority the House," says DCCC Press Secretary Ryan Rudominer.

Word of the NRCC ad buy was first reported by National Journal's Political Hotline.

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Filed under: 2010 • NRCC
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. 29 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Run ads 24 hours a day showing the DemocRATS vote for Obozocare and union bailouts. Tie Obozo, Reid and Pelosi and their leftist policies around the neck of ALL of these rubber stampers. Blindly follow your leftist leaders instead of listening to THE PEOPLE and this is what you will get... THROWN OUT!

    October 4, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    I just read an interesting article on the internet about how Republicans use fear, fear of blacks, fear of Muslims, fear of Mexicans, fear of terrorism, to get middle class Americans to vote for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. How appropriate. Every ad I've seen here in GA run by the right uses that scary voice nonsense. Is this all they have? Well, that and their new Pledge to keep the same policies that nearly destroyed us. Good grief!

    October 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    @29 Days until Socialism dies in the United States – you're kind of scary. Oozing with hateful rhetoric isn't normal. Please take care of yourself and get some help. We're all going to need to join together to fight the corporate takeover that is occurring in our country. They already own the Rs, and now most of the Ds, too. It's not liberals who are evil (that's just t he GOP using scare tactics to control you). We're just regular folks, Americans, who want to provide shelter, food, and educations to our families. Just normal stuff. Honest. The corporations are the enemies, and if you can't see that, you may want to stop with the hate long enough to open your eyes. And turn off the right wing propaganda for a few weeks.

    October 4, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Daniel

    The Democrats will match the ads. The blind followers are in the Tea party or are right-wing Republicans. Vote Democrat and oppose the forces of darkness.

    October 4, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Snow

    Yep the tide is coming in and will "flush" out the liberal tax and spenders. I cannot wait for the mid term elections this November and look forward to more liberals being flushed out in November 2012. Now this is change this country can truly believe in.

    October 4, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Glenn Koons

    The Pubs ought to be looking up....ads should go to areas where the Dem is just points ahead. Voters are realizing that Dem socialists are ruining the nation and that any Dem in the House or Senate is just a vote for Horrid Harry and San Fran Nan. Why do that? Obama needs those flacks to get even more of his destructive progressive ideology through. Cut the fat out and leave the Messiah naked.

    October 4, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. No Tea For Me

    Can't wait until these sorry ads are over. I'm still waiting to hear how the republicans will solve any problems. All I hear in my area is republicans don't want to do anything but win the house and senate. Yet everyone knows republicans are going to stop medicare and social security and start another war. Be careful what you wish for if you want republicans in control.
    But always remember our President has veto power.

    October 4, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    Here is the flaw in the Republican logic (I know, that is an oxymoron). If they win back either or both houses don’t they think the American people are going to expect immediate results? After two years to come up with a strategy they better have something more realistic than lower taxes for the top 2% and more defense spending.

    October 4, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These scumbag republicans have voted NO on everything. They must be out of their collective minds if they think they are going to get elected on a platform of NO. So they can run all the ads they want. They're just wasting money. Not to mention, who are paying for all of these ads.Oh I forgot....Corporate America is paying for the ads.

    The republican slogan should be: Vote 4 me. I'm the best candidate money can buy.

    October 4, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Marge

    Guess rover boy the dog poop guy is running scared and is shoveling money to the republicans instead of the crap he should be shoveling from himself.

    October 4, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. D. Bunker

    Let me save everyone some time with this short summary of the GOBPbagger ads full of lies and ignorance:

    "If you liked the ditch we drove America into last time, you're gonna love the canyon we're aiming for now!"

    October 4, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |