Early ads in battle for the next election
January 7th, 2011
10:06 AM ET
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Early ads in battle for the next election

Washington (CNN) - The 2012 election may be 22 months away, but the battle for a what may be a vulnerable Democratic-held Senate seat in North Dakota is already heating up.

Commonsense Ten, an independent Democratic aligned organization, tells CNN that its launching radio ads Friday defending the record of Sen. Kent Conrad, who faces what could be a difficult bid for re-election in 2012. Jim Jordan, one of the Democratic operatives who last year founded the group, says they'll spend around $30,000 on the ad buy. The group spent around $4 million in last year's midterm campaign.

The commercial describes the five-term Democratic senator as a "lifelong North Dakotan, champion for our ranches and family farms and fiscal conservative," and also describes Conrad as tough on the deficit. News of the ad buy was first reported by the Washington Post's "Morning Fix."

The commercial also slams "ads from out-of-state corporate interests" that attack Conrad. That's apparently a reference to commercials paid for by The American Future Fund, a conservative group based in Iowa.

Jordan, a former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, says the ads are an attempt to try and balance the playing field from the just-concluded midterm election cycle, when outside groups supporting the GOP outspent Democratic-aligned outside groups.

In November's election, Republicans won back North Dakota's other Senate seat, with popular Gov. John Hoeven easily defeated Rep. Earl Pomeroy to succeed Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, who decided not to run for re-election.

There's some speculation Conrad may also retire rather than run for re-election, but he's been very quiet about his plans for 2012.

Jordan says it's "too early to say," when asked where else Commonsense Ten may go up with ads.

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Filed under: 2012 • Kent Conrad • North Dakota
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    Democrats are going out.

    January 7, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. James

    Gov. John Hoeven easily defeated Tracy Potter, a state senator. Rep. Earl Pomeroy ran for his house seat and lost to Rick Berg.

    January 7, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. gt

    conard is toast ... being on the ticket next go around with obama is the kiss of death.....

    January 7, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. wiredweirdoinSF

    What a waste of money, he voted to steal my money to give it to the dope addicts, entitlement frauds and victims of the NEA dominated "educational" babysitting service. He is a losing candidate walking.

    January 7, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Not for nothing BUT in what part of North Dakota are they still wearing retro 70's baby blue plaid suits with the matching tie?
    And expecting to get elected.....?!

    January 7, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Bill, NY

    The way the electorate is structured makes a mockery of democracy. We need to do away with the two party system and the way campaigns are funded as those really worthy of contributing to our country are excluded. Where is the democracy in this two party system?

    January 7, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Conrad is toast. Stick a fork in him, he's done.

    January 7, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. patty

    I wish these fools would concentrate on 2011. This constant campaigning is ridiculous

    January 7, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |