Democrats, sensing an opportunity to reach a filibuster-proof 60-vote Senate majority, are pouring $6.35 million into Mississippi’s special Senate election, outspending Republicans by nearly one-third.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has spent $4.13 million for Sen. Roger Wicker, who has a slight lead. But polls show former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove within reach.
“It’s a real close race,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. told reporters Wednesday.
“We are aided by, number one, economics,” Schumer said. “Mississippi is a state where traditional values are important. In some states, economics outweighs values by a lot. In Mississippi, economics outweighs it by a little.”
He said that, in addition, “we are anticipating” a large African American turnout, which will help Democrats.
“It’s a very tight and close race,” he said.
The funding is primarily for television ads, although Schumer emphasized that for every $2.50 spent on media, $1 would be spent on the “ground game” _ the phone calls, personal visits, rides to the polls that determine turnout.
Realclearpolitics.com, which averages recent polls, puts Wicker ahead by 8.4 percentage points.