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Democrats Cut Bait in Virginia to Save California House Seat

Bera is getting some on-air backup. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Bera is getting some on-air backup. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has canceled its television advertising in a competitive northern Virginia House district and will shift most of that money to help an incumbent in northern California, according to a Democrat who monitors media buys.  

The sum of the DCCC’s cancellation in Virginia’s 10th District was $2.8 million, according to the source. Democrats were on the offensive in the open-seat race to replace retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va. Across the country, three GOP outside groups have inundated California’s 7th District in recent days with more than $1 million in ad buys each: American Crossroads, and sister organizations Congressional Leadership Fund and American Action Network.  

In response, the DCCC  has authorized at least $2 million in spending in the Sacramento-based district, the party source said. Freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera is being challenged by Republican ex-Rep. Doug Ose.  

In Virginia, Republican Barbara Comstock, a state delegate and former Wolf aide , faces Democrat John Foust.  

Democratic operatives say privately they are growing increasingly frustrated with the party’s allied outside groups, whose focus appears centered far more on saving the Senate majority than on House campaigns.  

California’s 7th District is rated Tilts Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Virginia’s 10th District is rated Leans Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

Also on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a conference call  with senior Democrats to round up dues in order to prevent more as cancellations elsewhere.  


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