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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