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August 29, 2008

NRCC reserves another round of TV ad time

The Republicans' campaign arm in the House has reserved another round of television ads to prop up their vulnerable GOP colleagues this fall.

Once-safe Florida Reps. Tom Feeney and Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart will be the recipients of heavy spending by the National Republican Congressional Committee this fall, according to recent reservations.

The NRCC has reserved $1 million in airtime in the expensive Miami media market to protect Lincoln Diaz-Balart and another $950,000 to bolster his younger brother, Mario. The committee plans to spend another $408,000 to run commercials in support of Feeney, an outspoken conservative who faces his toughest challenge since earning his seat in 2002.

With this latest round of reservations, the NRCC will be playing defense in 21 of the 26 races where the committee has secured airtime. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has secured time in many of these districts — a strong sign that the party in power could pad its majority in the House this fall.

This latest batch of reservations includes the two Ohio districts in which GOP Reps. Deborah Pryce and Ralph Regula are retiring. The committee reserved more than $800,000 each for Kirk Schuring and Steve Stivers, who are running to replace Regula and Pryce, respectively, in what should be jam-packed airwaves in Ohio. The campaign arm also reserved time to protect Rep. Jean Schmidt.

In Michigan, the NRCC has reserved $618,000 to protect veteran Rep. Joe Knollenberg and $832,000 to help freshman Rep. Tim Walberg. And in Minnesota, the Republicans' campaign arm has reserved $600,000 to protect fellow freshman Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The biggest potential buy in this latest round of reservations was in Houston, where the GOP hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Nick Lampson in the seat previously occupied by former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The NRCC also reserved $213,000 to hammer freshman Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen in Wisconsin — a small dollar amount that could go far in the relatively inexpensive Green Bay media market.

And finally, the NRCC has reserved $1 million in the Seattle media market to protect GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, a perpetual target for House Democrats who is locked in a rematch with former Microsoft executive Darcy Burner.