That's a lot of fortune cookies.
CQ Politics reports today that the DSCC will pump an estimated $9 million into Pennsylvania by Election Day, the bulk of it to boost Joe Sestak, though $1.2 million of that total was spent on behalf of Arlen Specter (whoops) in the primary. This sum dwarfs what the Dems are spending elsewhere:
The overall investment, expected to exceed $9 million by Election Day, is more than any other state in the nation. And while the numbers will change dramatically in the coming weeks, the Pennsylvania commitment to date dwarfs the Democratic committee’s efforts in other competitive races such as Illinois ($2.66 million), Missouri ($2.36 million), West Virginia ($1.87 million), Connecticut ($1.09 million), Kentucky ($647,000), Nevada ($53,000) and New Hampshire ($26,000), according to Federal Election Commission filings. Only the $5.3 million the DSCC has spent in Colorado is comparable.
The DSCC’s Pennsylvania investment also dwarfs that of its Republican counterpart.
Aided by a flood of independent spending from conservative groups, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has spent less than $630,000 in Pennsylvania so far and waited two months longer than the DSCC to run its first television spot there. While the NRSC disclosed plans to spend a total of $3.7 million in the coming weeks, doubling its previous reserve, that’s still less than half of what Democrats are expected to spend by Nov. 2.