The DSCC Just Put $9 Million Behind Hagan. Your Move, Republicans.

by Jim Geraghty

Also in today’s Jolt, a clear indicator of where the DSCC thinks they absolutely must win in November:

Democrats Bet All Their Chips — Well, Almost All — on North Carolina

Here’s the bad news: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just committed more than $9 million dollars to help Senator Kay Hagan in her reelection bid in North Carolina — a big, big sum for a national committee in one state.

Here’s the good news: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just committed more than $9 million dollars to help Sen. Kay Hagan — meaning she must need it. You don’t spend a sum like that willy-nilly.

The ad buy, the largest so far in North Carolina, would be paid out through the end of the campaign. It reflects both the outside interest in a race that will help decide control of the Senate and, some say, concern about Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

“It tells me a couple things,” said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst with the Washington-based Cook Political Report. “One, that she really is in trouble. They’re not going to spend that kind of money defending an incumbent who’s in reasonably good shape.

“Two, they’re going to do the negative ads because I don’t think her approval ratings can take any more hits.”

Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the buy signals that Democrats have hit the “panic button.”

“The DSCC very clearly believes that if Kay Hagan loses North Carolina, their majority is gone,” he said in a release.

If you’re the type who likes giving to campaigns, maybe you can throw some bucks at Thom Tillis, and help balance out the DSCC’s big spending.

 

He’s got her back.