Cash Pours Into Suburban Denver House Race Between Coffman, Carroll

August 16, 2016
Photo: State Sen. Morgan Carroll, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman
State Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, left, is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffmann in Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

Colorado’s 6th Congressional District race is heating up as incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman airs ads on traditional, cable and Spanish-language TV this month.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is countering with cable ads linking Coffman to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Coffman’s current advertising emphasizes his willingness to stand up to Donald Trump if the GOP nominee is elected. In addition to cable and Telemundo, Coffman is spending nearly $40,000 for six spots during the Olympics on KUSA this week.

Meanwhile, former Democratic state Senate President Morgan Carroll last week reserved TV ad time for late September and October in her effort to unseat the Republican.

Coffman reserved fall time in June.

The DCCC and House Majority PAC have set aside $6 million in air time this fall, while the National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $4.9 million.

The 6th CD is considered a swing district, though Coffman has fought off Democratic challenges in each of the past three election cycles. He first won election in 2008 in a heavily Republican district, which now leans Democratic and is the most ethnically diverse in the state after 2011 redistricting.

Here’s a look at the ad spending on traditional, cable and satellite TV thus far in the 6th CD:

Comcast hadn’t reported Carroll ad contracts as of midday Monday.

Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity has reported spending more than $65,500 in canvassing and staff time in an effort to defeat Carroll, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Immigrant Voters Win PAC has reported spending $8,200 on canvassing to support Carroll.

Other candidates and groups airing TV ads in Colorado this month include:

  • Colorado Health Care Choices is airing ads opposing Amendment 69 to create a universal health care system. That group is spending more than $225,000 on cable advertising this month.

  • Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who first took to the airwaves in April, continues to air ads. His GOP opponent, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, has yet to air his own ads. Some conservative super PACs have aired ads on Glenn’s behalf though.

  • Priorities USA cut back its advertising budget in Colorado this month, but is still on the air.

  • Those watching the Olympics will see ads from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Those ads are airing nationwide. Clinton’s campaign doesn’t have ad buys scheduled for Colorado after running ads from mid-June through late-July.

Almost $58 million worth of political advertising has aired or been reserved in Colorado this year. Here’s a look at the top advertisers based on FCC filings:

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