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Politico, an online political news magazine, reported Monday that Republican strategists have become more pessimistic about controlling the Senate after Nov. 6. The doubts are due in part to the retirement of Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who was considered a sure bet to keep Maine's seat Republican.
While most of the TV ads in the Senate race have been paid for by outside groups, two of the candidates are now airing their own commercials.
Summers was the first, but the spot has not been widely televised. The campaign spent about $10,000 to air the 30-second ad in the Bangor TV market for five days ending Tuesday, and had not bought any air time in Portland as of Monday, according to TV station records.
Summers' ad will eventually run statewide over a period of weeks, his spokesman said.
While Summers is getting more outside help, King has brought in the most donations to finance a traditional campaign.
King is airing his first television ad now, spending about $100,000 for air time in the Portland market and an unknown amount statewide.
King also has spent $122,308 in the Portland TV market to reserve slots in the last two weeks before the election, including during evening newscasts and the New England Patriots game on Oct. 28.
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firstname.lastname@example.orgPolitico, an online news magazine, reported Monday that Republican strategists have become more pessimistic about controlling the Senate after Nov. 6.