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Dole-drums: A GOP bailout for Liddy?

Posted by on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 10:48 AM

According to Politico's Jonathan Martin, National GOP leaders are weighing whether to borrow up to $5 million and sink it into their sinking Senate campaigns -- in a last-ditch effort to avoid a filibuster-proof, 60-vote Democratic majority. Who's in trouble? Elizabeth Dole tops the list, Martin reports:

“There are seven or eight [seats in danger],” a top Republican said of the upper chamber. “What’s it going to be a week from now?” Party officials see GOP Senate seats at risk in North Carolina, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Colorado, Minnesota, Mississippi, Alaska, Oregon and Georgia.

The financial situation for Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) has gotten so precarious that she has announced she will be spending her own money on the campaign. Democratic third-party groups have spent millions attacking her as an ineffective senator, and her poll numbers have cratered.

According a source familiar with this week’s ad buys, the DSCC is outspending the NRSC by just under $30 million in targeted states. The committee has been using an e-mail appeal for a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority to raise money, relying on such Democratic Party figures as former President Bill Clinton and Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Barbara Boxer.

Dole's campaign has acknowledged that the senator is reaching into her own pocket for cash. She's trying to hold off state Sen. Kay Hagan; after trailing early, the Democrat has surged into the lead in most recent polls.

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