National Democrats go dark on Kentucky's airwaves in U.S. Senate race

10/14/2014 07:48 PM

Two weeks after launching a $1.4 million television advertising buy against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has left Kentucky’s TV screens three weeks before Election Day.

CQ Roll Call first reported the DSCC’s decision Tuesday.

“The DSCC has now spent more than 2 million in Kentucky and continues to make targeted investments in the ground game while monitoring the race for future investments, but is currently not on the air in the state,” a DSCC official said in an email to Pure Politics.

The DSCC and Senate Majority PAC had been the largest groups spending on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ behalf in this race, with the Senate Majority PAC spending $4.3 million in independent expenditures and DSCC spending $2 million in advertising.

That’s helped Grimes combat a deluge of spending from Pro-McConnell outside groups like the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, Crossroads GPS and Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, the latter of which has purchased more than $2 million in TV time this week, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

The Senate Majority PAC has not entered Kentucky’s Senate race since the DSCC’s two-week ad buy. The groups remain active in states such as North Carolina, Iowa, Arkansas and South Dakota, according to FEC filings this week.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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