Oct 10, 2016 11:03 PM
NH1 News confirms Priorities USA may jump into Ayotte-Hassan NH Senate battle
NH1 News Political Director
CONCORD – Get ready to add another top player to the list of outside groups spending big bucks to run ads in New Hampshire’s blockbuster U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan.
NH1 News confirmed Monday evening that Priorities USA, the leading super PAC backing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s White House run, may also run commercials in support of Hassan.
According to a source with knowledge of the PAC’s plans, Priorities is in the process of producing TV spots that may run in New Hampshire’s race, as well as in competitive Senate contests in North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
The news, first reported by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, could be seen as a sign that the PAC is considering shifting resources to crucial down ballot races because it’s increasing confident in a Clinton presidential victory.
The ads could start running as early as next week.
The Republicans currently control the Senate 54-46, but are defending 24 of the 34 seats up for grabs this year. Most of the competitive races are for GOP held seats, thanks in part to the party’s major gains six years ago in the 2010 midterms.
The Ayotte-Hassan battle in the Granite State is one of the most high profile, expensive, and negative Senate races in the country. Outside groups have already spent well over $50 million to run ads on New Hampshire airwaves.