By Simone Pathe
House Majority PAC, the group that helps elect Democrats to the House, announced Tuesday an additional $5.2 million in early TV reservations for the final weeks of the election. The outside group added time for ads in six new media markets and upped its buys in several other markets. The group has now reserved nearly $19 million in 21 media markets. The reservations are an early signal of what races Democrats expect to put in play later this year.
The new and updated reservations include:
Texas 23: $852,000 in the San Antonio market. Freshman GOP Rep. Will Hurd is facing a rematch from former Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego in this district, which the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates a Tossup race.
New York 24: $372,000 in Syracuse. Freshman GOP Rep. John Katko is running for re-election in a tossup district. He faces several Democrats, including Colleen Deacon, a former staffer to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Nebraska 2: $380,000 in Omaha. Democratic freshman Brad Ashford is one of the most vulnerable members of the cycle. He faces a competitive re-election in this Tilts Democrat district.
Florida 26: $1,180,000 in Miami, where vulnerable GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo is running for re-election in a tossup district.
Colorado 6: HMP increased its reservation in Denver by about $800,000 to just over $3 million. GOP Rep. Mike Coffman is up against Democrat state Sen. Morgan Carroll in a Leans Republican district.
Colorado 3: Part of the Denver reservation also covers the 3rd District, where Democrats are excited about state Sen. Gail Schwartz's challenge to three-term Republican Scott Tipton . HMP also made two new reservations in this district: $228,000 in Colorado Springs and $132,000 in Grand Junction.
New Hampshire 01: HMP increased its reservation in New Hampshire's 1st District by about $200,000. GOP Rep. Frank Guinta faces a competitive primary and, if he survives, a general election rematch against former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
From Roll Call on May 17, 2016.