Top GOP Super PAC Comes to Lindsey Graham’s Rescue

Senate Republicans’ top super PAC broadened the Senate map Thursday, going further on defense — and offense — with less than five weeks to go until Election Day.

Senate Leadership Fund, which is run by allies of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, added a new $9 million ad buy in Michigan, where Republican John James is attempting to unseat Democratic Sen. Gary Peters in one of just two offensive opportunities on the Senate map for the GOP.

But on the same day, the super PAC announced a $10 million ad blitz in South Carolina, a deep red state where Democrat Jaime Harrison is aiming to take down GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham in the most expensive election in the state’s history. The super PAC is also set to spend an additional $7.2 million in Kansas starting next week and running through Election Day.

Michigan has always been part of the Senate map: It’s only one of two states Trump won in 2016 where Democratic senators are up for reelection. But the emergence of South Carolina as a true expensive battleground — and perhaps a money pit for both parties — along with Kansas shows how Democrats have expanded their paths to wresting away Republicans’ 53-47 majority.

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