That’s what Politico’s Molly Ball is calling the $3 million the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is “pouring . . . into the race against Sen. Barbara Boxer on behalf of GOP nominee Carly Fiorina“:
The news Monday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee planned to dump that much money into California, this late in the campaign, was enough to cause a double take. The NRSC was already in for $4.8 million in coordinated spending — making the nearly $8 million total expenditure in California the most the committee has publicly committed to any state this year and the most ever in California.
Despite my enthusiasm for Carly, we’ve always known that this would be an uphill fight. After all, Democrats have a double-digit registration advantage in the Golden State. Obama won here with over 60% of the vote. The local media all but ignore 28-year Washington veteran Barbara Boxer’s misstatements, mistakes and misdeeds, yet her negatives remain very high — even in this “blue state.”
And looking at all the polls, Ed Morrissey writes that “Boxer isn’t closing the deal in a deep-blue state, and that means Fiorina has a shot at victory here. If she didn’t, Feinstein wouldn’t be hitting the campaign trail, and the DSCC wouldn’t be dumping millions to protect Boxer.“ That’s right. Despite the millions Boxer has raised — and spent, “the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is putting in last-minute cash of its own“:
Republicans seized on the DSCC’s spending — the committee has declined to say how much — as proof Boxer is on the ropes.
“The Democrats obviously know that this race is neck and neck just eight days from the election, or else they would not be spending their own limited resources defending millionaire Sen. Barbara Boxer in the blue state of California,” crowed the NRSC’s Amber Marchand.