Senate GOP super PAC books more than $67 million in fall ads

Senate GOP super PAC books more than $67 million in fall ads
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The top Senate Republican super PAC booked more than $67 million in fall television ads across six battleground states on Monday, an investment more than twice as large as the group's spending at the outset of the 2018 midterm elections.

The ad reservations by Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) include $21.8 million in North Carolina, $12.6 million in Iowa, $10.8 million in Kentucky, $9.2 million in Arizona, $7.2 million in Maine and $5.5 million in Colorado. Senate Republicans are fighting off well-funded Democratic challengers in all of those states.

The ads are expected to begin running the day after Labor Day.

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“Protecting our Republican Senate majority has become synonymous with ensuring a firewall against the Democrats’ far-left ambitions," SLF President Steven Law said in a statement. "This initial investment won’t be our last, but it is more than double what we initially reserved in 2018, and it demonstrates we intend to hold the line.”

The ad reservations were first reported by Politico

The Senate races in North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado and Maine are expected to be particularly competitive.

SLF’s nearly $22 million investment in North Carolina — the largest in any state — is intended to protect Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations MORE (R-N.C.), who will face off against former state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) in November. 

In Arizona, Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R) is expected to face retired astronaut Mark Kelly in the November general election. In Colorado, Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-Colo.) is likely to face the state’s former governor, John HickenlooperJohn Hickenlooper Senate outlook slides for GOP The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks MORE (D). And in Maine, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRepublicans considering an outdoor stadium for Florida convention: report Sixth GOP senator unlikely to attend Republican convention Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R) is fighting off a challenge from state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) and a handful of other Democrats. 

Democrats are hoping to capture control of the Senate in November after winning back a majority in the House in 2018. The party needs to win three or four Senate seats this year to gain a majority, depending on whether a Democrat wins the White House.