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October 23, 2008

The Colorado Hokey-Pokey

You put your positive ad in, you take your negative ad out, that's what the Colorado Senate race is all about.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is so confident in Rep. Mark Udall's chances that the party is ending its ad spending in the state, Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reported last night. A Democratic source tells The Scorecard that the committee's ads will run through Tuesday, but that no ad time has been purchased for the campaign's final week.

As Democrats hunt elsewhere for opportunities that would give them a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate, Republicans haven't quite given up on ex-Rep. Bob Schaffer. After pausing long enough in their ad buys last week, the NRSC is on their air with their own new ad once again slamming Udall.

National Democrats have a point in pulling out: Despite $15.3 million in third-party ad spending against Udall, he's never trailed in a poll and maintains a healthy 9-point lead in the latest RCP Colorado Average. But Udall's team, understandably, is not happy. "It doesn't help," Udall spokesperson Tara Trujillo told the Denver Post.

The latest NRSC ad, "Left," abandons any pretense at subtlety and does its best to hammer Udall with the "Boulder liberal" label, a favorite expression of Schaffer campaign manager Dick Wadhams: