Washington (CNN) – The Chamber of Commerce, which is vowing to be more aggressive this election year, is planning to buy more ads in next month's contentious special election in Florida, a source familiar with the Chamber's activities told CNN.
In a couple of days, the Chamber will air new ads with a message of checks and balances on behalf of Republican Dave Jolly. Jolly is facing Democrat Alex Sink, Florida's former chief financial officer and the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, in the March 11th election to fill the remainder of the term of Rep. Bill Young, who died last October.
The new buy will bring the Chamber's spending to over the $1 million mark in this campaign, the source said. The Chamber and other Republican-leaning groups believe the election for the district, which is considered a swing one in the western part of the state in Pinellas County, is going to be competitive because of Obamacare. Republicans also will be using Nancy Pelosi's leadership of the House Democrats, which is still believed to be a powerful issue.
Earlier this month the Chamber unveiled an ad featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in which he endorsed Jolly.
"Dave's the best candidate to go to Congress, fight wasteful spending and help create good jobs…with all of the dysfunction in Washington, your next congressman needs to know how to get things done,” Bush says in the ad.
Republicans have held the seat for more than 40 years, but Democrats are hopeful they can win this election because President Barack Obama captured the district in both of his elections.
The parties and outside groups are spending heavily in this campaign because both sides believe the outcome could be a barometer of what may occur in November's mid-terms.
If Sink, who previously was believed to be the frontrunner loses, it could be seen as a signal of Obamacare hurting Democrats in the midterms and help energize Republicans.
However if Sink wins, then Democrats will feel some momentum although many experts doubt they will be able to regain control of the House.
CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this story.