The DCCC also scrapped ad plans for the same week in six districts where it had already cancelled its reservations for the final week of October. This group includes three GOP incumbents: Reps. Vern Buchanan (FL-16), Scott Rigell (VA-02) and Mike Turner (OH-10). Democrats also cancelled a second week of spending in Indiana's 2nd District and North Dakota's lone district, both open seats currently occupied by Senate candidates: Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in Indiana and GOP Rep. Rick Berg in North Dakota. The last seat included in this group belongs to Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell (NC-08), who is considered one of the most vulnerable House members seeking reelection.
Meanwhile, the DCCC has increased its ad presence over the next few weeks in several other districts, including those occupied by GOP Reps. Mary Bono Mack (CA-36), Chris Gibson (NY-19), Quico Canseco (TX-23) and Sean Duffy (WI-07). In each case, the committee has put down an additional six figures worth of ad time, signaling Democrats are optimistic about flipping these seats. The DCCC also has added to its buy in Illinois' 12th District, where Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello is retiring.
The DCCC is making its first TV buy in one traditionally blue seat: Washington's 1st District. The vacant seat had been occupied since 1998 by Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee, who stepped down earlier this year to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. The committee has reserved more than $500,000 of television time over the next two weeks in the expensive Seattle market.