Monday September 10, 2012 | 02:45 PM

Charlie Summers' U.S. Senate campaign is about get another big boost from outside the state, according to the National Journal.

A blog post cites unnamed GOP sources saying the National Republican Senatorial Committee is about to spend more than $500,000 on television and radio ads in Maine over the next two weeks. That's an even bigger investment than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $400,000 for it's anti King TV ad in hopes of creating an opening for Summers.

The sources said the ad will begin airing Wednesday.

According to the National Journal, the new Republican ads may tout Democratic nominee Cynthia Dill as much as attack King. An outside group run by national Republicans activists has already been running pro-Dill ads in hopes of pulling Democratic voters away from King and giving Summers a shot to win.

Here is an excerpt:

"Expect the NRSC advertising to strike a similar balance between boosting Dill and cutting down King. The party doesn't have terribly high hopes for Maine, but they believe they can move the needle, with the goal of converting (presidential candidate Mitt) Romney voters to Summers backers."

While the NRSC ad is expected to make Dill look more attractive to Democratic voters, the group also has launched a new website that appears to be doing the oppositive.

The site, "," has pages, links and videos all criticizing  the "liberal records" of Dill and King. Some of the links do seem more aimed at driving Democratic voters from King to Dill.

Meanwhile, like all of the ads from outside GOP groups, the web site doesn't mention Summers.


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