It’s Election Day. The polls are open until 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET. (Hotline reporting)
2012 nominee Dean Young (R) has “recently nabbed endorsements from the Christian Coalition of Alabama and the Eagle Forum,” but he hasn’t gotten air support to nearly the extent that 2010 GOV nominee Bradley Byrne (R) has.
And now Joe Ricketts-backed Ending Spending PAC, which backed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2012, is getting behind Byrne as well, running an ad that is critical of Young. This, depsite the fact that Young has repeatedly told voters that he would “be a ‘Ted Cruz congressman.’” PAC president Brain Baker: “I don’t see that. It’s a great talking point to say you’ll be like Ted Cruz. But Ted Cruz is a very smart, a very thoughtful person. And we think Bradley Byrne is better on all of these points.” (Mobile Press-Register)
“The radio silence has frustrated Young and befuddled his campaign.” Young: “There are some people out there, but these larger groups, these huge groups that are supposed to be helping people like me — they are nowhere to be found.” Young consultant Jonathan Gray: “If I was a cartoon, I would have question marks over my head.” (Washington Post)
“The anti-tax Club for Growth hasn’t spent any money, nor has FreedomWorks or the Tea Party Express. Alabama Republican strategist Brent Buchanan said the groups probably ‘don’t want to be associated’ with some of Young’s statements.” (Washington Post)
Ending Spending spent $102,000 on a TV ad supporting Byrne and attacking Young over the weekend. The Chamber of Commerce also dropped another $14,000 on Byrne’s campaign, bringing their total spending to $199,280 “in the final week of the contest.”
While business-related outside groups and members of Congress have lined up behind Byrne, just one third party group spent money on Young — 2010 NV SEN nominee Sharron Angle’s Our Voice PAC. The group spent just $10,455 on a TV ad for Young’s campaign during the runoff. (Roll Call)
An interesting note on that Ending Spending spot: The ad echoes an earlier ad from Byrne’s campaign attacking Young for securing funds for a PAC that put almost all of its money into his own consulting firm — but unlike Byrne’s ad, which earned criticism from fact checkers for making the same claim, it doesn’t play up the fact that Young’s PAC specifically targeted Christian donors. Some Republican strategists told The Hotline that they were concerned the ad could backfire, exciting Young’s supporters, particularly in the Christian community, even more.
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