House Democrats' campaign arm reserves $2.6M in ads in competitive districts

House Democrats' campaign arm reserves $2.6M in ads in competitive districts
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) reserved $2.6 million in ads in competitive House districts, taking aim at races in states including Texas, Georgia, and New York. 

The new reservations, which were first reported by Politico on Tuesday, underscore Democrats' urgency to not only protect their majority in the lower chamber but flip seats that would normally be considered safe for Republicans. 

The committee spent the most money in Texas, investing $1.029 million in television ads in the San Antonio media market, which is home to Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Hillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech MORE's (R) district, as well as retiring GOP Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdPence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster Prince Harry joins Aspen Institute commission on misinformation Congress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent MORE's seat. Roy is facing off against former state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) in the 21st district. The non-partisan Cook Political Report rates Roy's race as a "toss-up," and the race to replace Hurd as "lean Democratic."

In Atlanta's media market, the committee spent $771,000 to reserve television ads, hoping to defend freshman Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathLawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off On The Trail: Census data kicks off the biggest redistricting fight in American history Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall MORE's (D-Ga.) seat in the state's 6th congressional district against former Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelOssoff defeats Perdue in Georgia Senate runoff McBath wins rematch against Handel in Georgia House race House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE (R-Ga.). Cook rates the race as "lean Democratic." The buy is also meant to help Democratic efforts to flip retiring GOP Rep. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallMcCarthy guarantees GOP will take back House in 2022 Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Bustos won't seek to chair DCCC again in wake of 2020 results MORE's (R) seat in Georgia's 7th district, which Cook rates as "lean Democratic." 

Additionally, the committee has also taken aim at a number of races in New York, Iowa and New Mexico. In New York, the DCCC spent $650,000 in the New York City media market in an effort to flip retiring GOP Rep. Peter King's seat. It also spent $90,000 in Indianapolis to flip retiring GOP Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksBold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act Bottom line MORE's seat, $30,000 in New Mexico for Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small and $35,000 for Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerGOP hammers Democrats over Iowa Democrat's election challenge Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Iowa losses underscore Democrats' struggles with attracting rural voters MORE (D) in Iowa. 

Prior to the latest reservations, the DCCC had reserved $36 million in airtime in television markets that cover 31 Republican-held seats Democrats are targeting this year and the 42 most vulnerable Democrats. 

The committee's chairwoman, Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Democrat Cheri Bustos to retire from Congress GOP campaign chief confident his party will win back House MORE (D-Ill.), told The Hill last month she was confident her party would expand its majority in November. 

“My prediction as we sit here is we will not only hold on to this Democratic majority, we will grow it,” Bustos said. “We’ve got the right candidates and resources, and we are ready to mobilize even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.”

However, Bustos's Republican counterpart, National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms House GOP campaign arm adds to target list Minnesota takes joy in beating New York for last House seat MORE (R-Minn.) insisted last month in an interview with The Hill that his party would take back the majority, citing the record of congressional Democrats. 

“They’ve done none of the things that they promised to do — this time, rather than just run on a resume, run on a biography, they have to run on their record,” Emmer said. “That record is not good and they are going to lose their majority because of it.”