The Democratic Governors Association has reserved $1,430,000 in thirty-second advertising on WMUR beginning on October 2nd and running through Election Day, NH Journal has learned.
By reserving the air time, the DGA is laying down a marker that it is not willing to just let the GOP takeover an office Dems have dominated since 1996, save for a brief two-year period when Republican Craig Benson held the governorship. Control of the corner office has allowed the Democrats to dramatically increase state spending, legalize gay marriage, and protect unions by blocking Right-to-Work legislation.
Recent polling has shown the race is shockingly tight. Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning group, shows GOP frontrunner Ovide Lamontagne in a virtual dead heat with both Democratic candidates, Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan.