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Minnesota races targeted by DCCC

by The Big E on April 19, 2012 · 5 comments

Politico reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is going to spend some money on Minnesota races. At least they have reserved nearly $3 million’s worth of television slots. That’ll be the top ad buy for them.

Of course, its split between three races. They’re going to defend Rep. Tim Walz (DFL-MN). They’re going to go after Rep. John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN/NH). Kline is vulnerable because of redistricting and Cravaack is vulnerable because he moved to New Hampshire, doesn’t come back to the district often, hasn’t done anything and is a first-termer.

will80 April 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

It’s also important to note that the money being allocated to MN markets is also likely intended to target Congressman Duffy in Northern WI. Both the Duluth and Twin Cities media market stretch into WI.  

ericf April 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

It sounds nice that the DCCC will put money into a district where there’s a shot to win, but it seems, purely anecdotal as in what I’ve seen on my own TV, that it spends its money on bad TV attack ads. My usual response to their ads is something like “you’re not helping”. It’s why I’ve  always given my money to specific candidates, not that we’re talking about large donations. We’re talking “every little bit helps” donations.

JML April 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Sad but true statement on DCCC ads. Far too often they’re based off of a national narrative on consulting group that really doesn’t understand the local community very well and it leads to some odd/bad results. On someone like Cravaack they should be able to do well. And they’ve been working with Walz for multiple cyles so there’s a better understanding of the district. But who knows what nonsense they might come up with for CD2 or CD3, if those are in play.

The Big E April 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Because redistricting made MN-02 bluer and MN-03 redder, it seems that it’ll just be MN-02. DCCC pretty much only seems to care about fundraising and the index of a district.

dyna April 20, 2012 at 12:15 am

Clearly Dean’s 50 state strategy has been abandoned and the DNC is running everything from the Beltway by remote control. Sadly, we can forget about taking back the Dakotas, Nebraska CD1, etc. until we become a party of “distributed control” again.

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