Senate races

McConnell loans his campaign $1.8 million

Anne Wernikoff

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is giving his reelection campaign a $1.8 million personal loan to stave off a new round of attack ads from Democrats.

A week ago it appeared the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was giving up on the race when it pulled the plug on television advertising after a $1.4 million buy.

{mosads}But the Democratic Party committee plunged back into this fight this week by announcing it would spend another $650,000 on television ads to help Alison Lundergan Grimes against McConnell. The Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super-PAC, followed up with a pledge to spend $850,000 in the state.

McConnell has a stable lead in polls, but doesn’t want to let the new Democratic ads go unmatched. He has long pledged to his Republican colleagues that he would not take any party funds to help win reelection.

“Sen. McConnell has maintained a longstanding personal commitment to his members that he won’t draw any resources from the team. So he’s going to match Obama’s money men out of his own pocket,” said John Ashbrook, McConnell’s spokesman.

McConnell reported more money in his campaign account at the end of September than his Democratic challenger Grimes.

His third quarterly fundraising report showed he had $5.2 million for the race’s final stretch.

Grimes reported $4.4 million in cash on hand at the end of September.

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