Republicans outspending Democrats in final two weeks of the U.S. Senate campaign

10/21/2014 12:05 PM

With recent polls showing the race between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell virtually neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes heading into the final two weeks of the campaign it’s the Republicans who are winning the advertising war.

The McConnell campaign has reserved $2.1 million in broadcast and cable advertising between Tuesday and Election Day, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Grimes campaign has booked $1.4 million in time for the final two weeks the Examiner reported.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership a pro-McConnell Super PAC is also making a substantial buy statewide heading into the final 14 days of the campaign.

The group headed up by former McConnell advisor Scott Jennings started airing their closing campaign spots on Tuesday in part of a $1.3 million 10-day marketing blitz for an ad hitting Grimes over comments on immigration reform.

The ad focuses on Grimes’ answer to a question posed by Pure Politics on immigration reform in 2013, and Grimes attempted to clarify her own stance in advertisements saying that she has not and will not support amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Jennings took aim a Grimes for recent non-answers on who she voted for in 2008 and 2012.

“Alison Grimes rhetorical contortions have finally caught up with her. She’s now a laughingstock nationally,” Jennings said. “Of course she voted for Obama. The video evidence proves she supports his immigration policies. She’s bankrolled by Obama’s anti-coal zealots. And she fully endorsed Obama’s liberal platform as his delegate. Alison Grimes doesn’t have to admit she voted for Obama. We already know.”

With the latest buy the Section 527 Super PAC has spent nearly $6 million in the U.S. Senate race to date.

The United Mine Workers of America began running ads in the campaign one week ago after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee stopped running ads in the state, but still offered Grimes financial help with get-out-the-vote initiatives.

In the final weeks the Mine Workers of America bought $318,000 of ad time for the final three weeks of the campaign targeting their time to coal producing areas of the state with ads in Eastern Kentucky via the Charleston, West Virginia media market and in the Evansville, Indiana media market which includes a portion of Western Kentucky.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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