Democrats Drop $700K Into Giffords/Bee Race

Republican state Sen. Tim Bee was probably feeling pretty good about the half-million-dollar haul he brought in on Friday, thanks to an appearance by President George W. Bush.

But the latest twist could stomp on Bee’s cash-induced buzz: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more than $700,000 in television advertising in Congressional District 8 to help out freshman Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, according to Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza.

A reservation isn’t a guarantee that the money will be spent. The DCCC could still cancel if campaign officials decide Giffords has a big lead.

The big reservation could mean that the DCCC thinks the race will be closer than last week’s Democratic poll shows. Or it could be a little psychological warfare designed to take some of the luster off the Bee campaign’s Bush fundraiser, which set a new record for a one-day event for a local candidate.

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