Two major Democratic groups are spending a combined $1 million on advertisements on behalf of Rep. Ed Markey, a major investment in the race for Secretary of State John Kerry's old Senate seat.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is spending at least $750,000 on advertisements, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Meanwhile, Majority PAC, run by a former DSCC executive director, is investing in what it called a "major" ad buy of its own; a source tells us the Democratic super PAC will spend at least $500,000 on Markey's behalf.
The buys come a day after the first of three debates between Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez in advance of the June 25 special election. Public polling that shows Markey leading by the high single-digits largely conforms to internal surveys both parties have seen, but the buys are proof that Democrats aren't taking the race for granted.
The Massachusetts Republican Party has spent about $800,000 of its own money on advertisements on behalf of Gomez. Both Markey and Gomez are up on television with their advertising right now.