Both political parties plan to pour a whole lot of money in the Second Congressional District race.
Democrats and Republicans have budgeted $3.2 million to spend on television advertising in the Second Congressional District, beginning this fall.
University of Nebraska-Omaha Political Science professor Randall Adkins says such spending says a lot as Democrat Brad Ashford tries to defend his seat against Republican Don Bacon.
“It just confirms what we already know that this Congressional district is one of the most competitive districts in the country,” Adkins tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s been won in the last few election cycles by just one or two percent of the vote. It probably will continue to be won by one or two percent of the vote and both the Democrats and the Republicans know this.”
Ashford is a freshman and likely as vulnerable as he ever will be. Bacon is the former commander of Offutt Air Force Base.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Majority PAC, a Democratic political action committee, have reserved television time that would cost $1.9 million. The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $1.3 million in television commercial time.
Reserved television time holds the spots, but doesn’t necessarily mean the money will be spent. Should public opinion polls indicate the race is a lost cause for either party, the TV buy can be cancelled. Adkins doesn’t see that happening. He expects the race to be close.
The budgeted expenditures already exceed the total spent two years ago. A total of $2.4 million was spent when then-state Sen. Brad Ashford defeated incumbent Republican Lee Terry.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]