Are Washington Republicans taking the Arkansas Senate race for granted? A Web ad released Thursday by the National Republican Senatorial Committee features almost every competitive contest except for Arkansas.
Republican nominee John Boozman (R) is currently leading Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) by more than 20 points in an average of public polls by Pollster.com. Despite the comfortable lead, Boozman insisted the committee hadn't forgotten about him.
"They've been very, very helpful," Boozman told The Ballot Box. "They have literally done whatever we've asked."
Indiana Senate candidate Dan Coats (R) and Connecticut Republican Linda McMahon were also left out of the video.
There's only so many candidates the NRSC can squeeze into an ad, said Boozman. Attention's being directed elsewhere because the GOP has seen new pick-up opportunities emerge.
"I think what's happened is, is that neither side realized how many seats would be in play," the congressman said. "You've got Senator Boxer behind in California, the Washington state race so close, Wisconsin, and the list goes on and on. It's a challenge for both sides to figure out where to best spend their resources."