Meanwhile, in announcing their own media buy, Crossroads acknowledged they are, in fact, worried about the performance of third-party candidate Jack Davis
, who is siphoning off parts of the Republican base from Corwin. Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio
even brought up a 2009 special election in New York's 23rd district, a similar three-way race that cost Republicans a seat.
"This race is competitive only because an eccentric self-funding independent is purposefully splitting the GOP vote. It has the potential of being another Scozzafava
fiasco, except instead of the independent being a true-believing tea partier, he's a completely phony former Democrat who's playing a trick on voters," Collegio said.
While the National Republican Congressional Committee has not yet bought airtime in the district, they do currently have two staffers on the ground in the 26th District, according to a Republican source. They've been assisting with phone banking, get out the vote and strategic communication efforts, booking Corwin on national television and radio and helping with Cantor's fundraiser last week and Boehner's appearance yesterday.
What was a sleepy race with a few local candidates firing shots on Monday is a full-fledged, nationalized war on Tuesday.
Jessica Taylor contributed to this post.
Updated at 5:43 p.m.
: The original version of this article incorrectly reported that the DCCC was in the field with a poll.