DCCC Expands Map, Launches Eight New IE Ads
Updated at 1:07 p.m.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released eight new independent expenditure TV ads Thursday, expanding the map of races the national committee is playing in as the party's convention in Charlotte winds down.
The bulk of the congressional districts targeted by the DCCC's new spots are Republican-held. Six of the eight are trained on Republican seats, while one hits a Republican in a merged district featuring a member-versus-member race, and one defends an open Democratic seat. The ads hit Reps. Jeff Denham (Calif.-10), Brian Bilbray (Calif.-52), Bobby Schilling (Ill.-17), Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.-24), and Quico Canseco (Texas-23), as well as Jonathan Paton, the Republican running to replace GOP Rep. Paul Gosar in Arizona's 1st District. (Gosar is running in a neighboring seat.)
Additionally, there are ads against Republican nominee Jason Plummer in Illinois's 12th District, where Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello is retiring, and a final ad against Rep. Jim Renacci in Ohio's 16th District. After Ohio lost two seats in redistricting, Renacci was paired with Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton in a district in the Cleveland suburbs this year.