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DCCC's Map Expansion Exploits

September 6, 2012
The map just got a wee bit bigger for Democratic House candidates.

My colleague Scott Bland reports on Hotline On Call that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has rolled out eight independent expenditure ads, with most in Republican-held congressional districts. The ads are running in districts in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, Arizona and Ohio. From Bland's story:

The ads run a somewhat wider gamut than what we've seen from the DCCC so far this cycle. A handful of them, especially in Democratic-heavy seats like [Rep. Ann Marie] Buerkle's and [Bobby] Schilling's, stick to the Ryan budget-bashing script that formed the basis of the committee's earliest ads. In fact, depending on the district, there's a direct relationship between how well President Obama performed in 2008 and how intensely the ad focuses on Medicare. It is the backbone of ads running in the strongest Democratic districts; it is mentioned casually in some of the more closely divided districts; and it isn't referenced in the ads running in the districts where Obama performed the worst.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen said at an event hosted by National Journal, The Atlantic and CBS News on Wednesday that Democratic candidates in districts where Obama is polling poorly will still get a boost from the president, thanks to high voter turnout.

Earlier this week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi declared her team would pick up 27 seats come election time.

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