Democrat Tim Kaine’s campaign announced Tuesday that it has bought $3 million more in ads for the fall stretch run in the neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race in Virginia, bringing the campaign’s total ad buys to $7.5 million through Election Day.
The buy includes “significant investments” in Latino, African-American, Asian-American and Pacific-Islander community media, according to the campaign, and includes advertising through TV, print, radio and on the Internet.
“More than 40,000 individual donors have gotten involved in this campaign because they support Kaine’s commitment to find common ground to create opportunities and improve the lives of all Virginians,” Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said.
Mr. Kaine is squaring off against Republican George Allen, who has reserved a weeklong, $81,000 ad buy set to run through Oct. 8 on NBC’s Washington, D.C., affiliate, according to a Federal Communications Commission filing.
It includes 41 minute-long spots. The most recent ad unveiled by the Republican, who recently received the endorsements of both the Virginia Association of Realtors and the National Rifle Association, is another in a series that feature women speaking favorably of Mr. Allen, who is trying to win over females in his race against Mr. Kaine.
In the 60-second ad, titled “Rhonda,” Rhonda Winfield tells her story about receiving the news of her son, Jason, being killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb explosion.
Ms. Winfield describes how she was so moved by a handwritten letter, “parent to parent,” from Mr. Allen about the incident that she attended a speech delivered by the former Virginia governor and U.S. senator and gave her son’s dog tags to him.
Mr. Allen, for his part, has reserved more than $5 million worth of television and radio ads.
“It’s a hard sell to try to rewrite Tim Kaine’s record for higher taxes and 100,000 fewer Virginia jobs and to convince Virginians to vote for six more years of the same failed economic policies,” Allen spokeswoman Emily Allen said. “Our campaign is encouraged by strong support from Virginians throughout the Commonwealth that has given us the resources we need to remind voters of George Allen’s positive, proven record and pro-jobs growth plan.”