The National Republican Senatorial Committee may not have been thinking too hard about California, Washington and Wisconsin in the immediate aftermath of the 2006 and 2008 Democratic boom years. But it is reserving TV time in all three states for 2010.
According to Chris Cillizza, in his Washington Post blog The Fix, the NRSC has claimed airtime in California to the tune of $1.75M, with an additional $515K’s-worth spoken for in Washington and $470K in Wisconsin.
The sitting senators under attack, respectively, are Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Russ Feingold (D-WI).
The only Republican candidate known thus far is Carly Fiorina in California.
Cillizza noted that a reservation is not the same as an expenditure (it can be canceled at any time, right up to the last minute) and suggested that perhaps the NRSC is playing mind games with it counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, making it consider spending money in states it generally counts on as being safe holds.
NRSC has $19.7M on hand, about $2M less than DSCC’s $21.6M.