McConnell-linked super PAC reserves $24M in fall TV ads

McConnell-linked super PAC reserves $24M in fall TV ads
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A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP blocks Senate Democrats' revised elections bill A politicized Supreme Court? That was the point The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings MORE (R-Ky.) has reserved $24 million in its first round of fall TV ads in three marquee Senate battlegrounds states.

The Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) will be running ads in Missouri and North Dakota, where Republicans will be trying to flip seats in two states that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE won by double digits in 2016.

SLF reserved $10.5 million in Missouri, where it is looking to topple Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-Rep. Akin dies at 74 Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect MORE (D), who is expected to face Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) in the fall. Trump won Missouri by nearly 20 points.

The super PAC booked $2.3 million in North Dakota, which Trump carried by nearly 36 points. Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampWashington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight Business groups aim to divide Democrats on .5T spending bill MORE (D) is set to square off against Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Lobbying world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (R).

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McCaskill and Cramer are top targets for Republicans, as the party looks to expand on its slim 51-seat majority. Democrats have a tough Senate map where they’re defending about two dozen seats — including 10 states that Trump won — while Republicans only need to protect eight seats.

But Repulicans also face a challenging year since the president’s party typically loses seats in his first midterm election.

SLF will also spend $11.2 million in Nevada, where they playing defense for Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerNevada becomes early Senate battleground Nevada governor Sisolak injured in car accident, released from hospital Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada MORE (R), who’s considered the most vulnerable GOP senator up for reelection. Trump lost Nevada by more than 2 points. Heller is facing Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Nevada becomes early Senate battleground Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll MORE (D) in November.

The ads will start running after Labor Day, and SLF is expected to make additional multimillion-dollar ad buys as November draws closer.

The Washington Examiner first reported on SLF’s ad reservations.

The Senate Majority PAC (SMP), a PAC with ties to Democratic leadership, announced earlier this month that it's reserving nearly $80 million in general election ads across nine states with top Senate races.

Those include six of the 10 states that Trump carried: Florida, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, North Dakota and Montana. SMP is also reserving ads in three of Democrats’ best pickup opportunities: Nevada, Arizona and Tennessee. SMP didn’t disclose the spending breakdown.