The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is pouring $410,000 into the Maine Senate race, its first foray into the state.
The investment comes as a number of recent polls show front-runner Angus KingAngus KingCapitol Hill’s forest champions helped secure win for wood The Hill's 12:30 Report Merkley becomes first senator to back Sanders in White House bid MORE's (I) lead dropping five to 10 points since polls conducted in June. Though an independent, King is expected to caucus with Democrats if he wins, and the national party apparatus has avoided backing Democrat Cynthia Dill in the state, as she could end up splitting off votes from King.
The $410,000 the DSCC is preparing to spend on ads to run from Oct. 10-12 is substantial in a state as relatively inexpensive as Maine.
DSCC executive director Guy Cecil said in a statement that "Republican special interests have now spent $2 million" in the state to boost Republican Charlie Summers.
“Summers is an anti-choice Tea Partier, who supports eliminating the Department of Education, privatizing Social Security, protecting tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and ending Medicare as we know it. Charlie Summers should not be in the United States Senate and it is time every Mainer knows it," he said in the statement, potentially foreshadowing the likely attacks the DSCC is about to launch in the state.
NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer pointed out that the DSCC is spending in the state despite not yet supporting its candidate.
“It’s remarkable to see national Democrats now spending money in a state where they refuse to even endorse their own nominee. Now that they are spending almost a half-million dollars in Maine, the DSCC should make clear who they are supporting — the Democratic nominee or the candidate that the State Democratic Party Chairman said today cannot be trusted," he said.
Maine Democratic Party chairman Ben Grant had questioned King's party allegiances in a column in the Portland Press Herald on Friday.