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Democrats still dominating the midterm airwaves

As of Monday, Democrats and their allies are still dominating most of the campaign airwaves in key House rac...

Posted: Oct 18, 2018 4:56 AM
Updated: Oct 18, 2018 4:56 AM

As of Monday, Democrats and their allies are still dominating most of the campaign airwaves in key House races across the country.

Newly released television ad data shows just how large the disparity is in certain places, as both sides muster their resources in the final weeks. The ad records, from Kantar Media/CMAG, covers all TV ads aired the week of October 9-15.

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When it came to the 61 most competitive midterm races -- designated by CNN as Tossup, Lean Republican or Lean Democratic -- the Democratic ad dominance was pronounced.

Overall, Democrats were on the air in every such district during the week, and in most cases more active.

Republicans and their allies sat out nine of the races, with no on-air presence at all, though they ran ads in the rest, and in several districts they ran more ads than Democrats.

If we examine these most competitive districts and look at where both parties actively aired ads against each other during the week, there were 52 such races. Democrats ran more ads in 43 of them.

Where each party most active

In terms of where each party and the super PACs supporting them were most prolific on the air during the newly released October week, Democrats by far most heavily targeted New Mexico's 2nd District, which CNN rates as "Lean Republican," and where their candidate Xochitl Torres Small is taking on Republican state representative Yvette Herrell. Democrats ran about 2,300 ads over the course of the week.

Close on its heels for Democratic activity were the New York 22nd and Maine 2nd, both of which are rated as Toss Ups and where about 1,800 ads aired in each.

For Republicans, those two districts -- NY-22 and ME-02 -- were also among their most active. The party and its allies ran about 2,000 ads over the course of the week in the Maine 2nd, it's most active race during the week.

Ranking second in activity for Republicans was the Minnesota 8th, another Tossup.

In NY-22, both parties and affiliated Super PACs unleashed a torrent of ads -- Republican groups such as the Congressional Leadership Fund and National Republican Congressional Committee faced off against Democratic-funded End Citizens United and House Majority PAC.

One NRCC attack ad accuses Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, who is challenging Republican Rep. Claudia Tinney, of wanting to slash Medicare by $800 billion aired nearly 500 times during the week, in heavy rotation during daytime TV -- making it the most active ad during that period in the race.

Nationally, as the midterm election rounds the bend toward Election Day, it's been quite a year for campaign ads.

In both House and Senate races since Jan. 1, there have been nearly 893,000 Democratic political ads that ran on television, and just over 680,000 Republican ones.

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Reported Deaths: 3637
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Ramsey27766505
Anoka22149228
Dakota22015190
Washington13999115
Stearns13733116
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Scott846255
Wright775843
Olmsted665634
Sherburne587641
Clay498457
Carver474213
Blue Earth414116
Rice412836
Kandiyohi408122
Crow Wing359634
Otter Tail314322
Chisago311611
Nobles308730
Benton299451
Winona276930
Mower261623
Douglas260337
Polk256324
Morrison231629
Lyon218711
Beltrami217117
McLeod212812
Becker205415
Goodhue203228
Steele19497
Isanti190617
Itasca190423
Carlton185816
Todd181214
Nicollet162525
Mille Lacs153631
Freeborn15336
Le Sueur147011
Cass143710
Brown141315
Waseca139211
Pine13658
Meeker12879
Roseau11964
Hubbard114925
Martin113320
Wabasha10561
Redwood94619
Chippewa8877
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Wadena8016
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Rock7779
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Pipestone72518
Fillmore6990
Houston6984
Yellow Medicine64812
Pennington6478
Kanabec61913
Murray5873
Swift5838
Faribault5612
Pope5391
Clearwater5248
Stevens5103
Marshall4979
Unassigned49359
Jackson4881
Lake4226
Koochiching3926
Wilkin3895
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Mahnomen2964
Grant2796
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Cook720

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Polk33642336
Linn14352165
Scott1124986
Black Hawk10893135
Woodbury10372126
Johnson955336
Dubuque923291
Story678822
Dallas637257
Pottawattamie631970
Sioux370325
Webster358535
Cerro Gordo357144
Marshall348546
Clinton331344
Buena Vista305414
Des Moines291520
Muscatine289268
Warren281914
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Wapello255772
Jones232313
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Marion205320
Lee203917
Carroll198422
Bremer195212
Henry18307
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Benton170619
Tama154340
Jackson144613
Delaware144221
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Dickinson139210
Boone137011
Mahaska126827
Wright12456
Clay11784
Buchanan117010
Hardin115810
Page11374
Hamilton11199
Clayton11175
Cedar108413
Harrison107729
Kossuth10667
Calhoun10617
Floyd105016
Mills10487
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Lyon10338
Butler10216
Poweshiek99313
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Iowa95812
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Hancock8677
Grundy86311
Louisa86216
Sac8608
Chickasaw8574
Cherokee8484
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Cass81623
Mitchell7984
Appanoose79312
Humboldt7715
Union7706
Shelby76511
Emmet76424
Guthrie75415
Franklin73921
Jefferson7142
Madison6864
Unassigned6690
Palo Alto6554
Keokuk5997
Howard5599
Pocahontas5584
Greene5250
Osceola5241
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Davis4709
Taylor4653
Montgomery46311
Monroe44412
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Van Buren3585
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