Garcia, Kuster Nab Major Ad Buys In The Final Weeks Of NH Race

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 3:15 PM

Doom. That’s the subject line for a fundraising email sent by Debbie Wasserman Schultz on behalf of Rep. Annie Kuster. Beware of Kuster’s Republican opponent–and New Hampshire State Representative– Marilinda Garcia because of the tea party, or something.

Kuster has emerged from the bunker embarking on a diner tour and visiting small businesses in her district.

On the other hand, the RightNOW Women PAC, an organization that seeks to help Republican women in elections and help the GOP engage with female voters, endorsed Garcia.

“Showing Marilinda our support is important to us because she is exactly the kind of Republican woman who we know can make a difference in Washington, D.C.,” said RightNOW Women PAC founder Brittany Thune Lindberg in a press release last week.

“Marilinda is an outstanding candidate with the right priorities – namely, fighting burdensome regulations, promoting entrepreneurship, and championing health issues,” said RightNOW Women PAC advisor Marlene Colucci. “We believe she will be a force to be reckoned with in the U.S. House.”

With Election Day two weeks away, Garcia is still on the road hosting her town hall events; she has one tonight at Keene where the topic of discussion will be taxes and regulation. The rise of ISIS and foreign policy becoming more of a core issue during this election cycle was prevalent at her previous town hall event in Hanover where former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton was a guest.

Oh, and let’s not forget the $750,000 ad buy Club For Growth made on Garcia’s behalf, hitting Kuster over failing to pay her property taxes.

At the same time, Garcia has been pushing ads more frequently in the final weeks highlighting issues like immigration, tax reform, and foreign policy.

Immigration is an issue that appears to gain traction with New England voters; Scott Brown surged after hitting Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on it.

While Garcia has hit Kuster for avoiding her in town halls, the two had their first–and probably last–debate last night. We will have more on that later.

Yet, this race isn’t settled. Kuster is going to benefit from an $800,000 ad buy the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is placing in New Hampshire to help her and her Democratic colleague Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Polls have Kuster slightly ahead, but Garcia has made quite a run in this race. She was trailing Kuster by over ten points last June 49/35. In the latest New England College poll, she’s only trailing Kuster by 3 points; that’s within the margin of error. A Granite State poll had Garcia up 4–with leaners–earlier this month.