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October 2, 2012

Tierney or Tisei? 2 independent polls differ widely

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According to the Federal Election Commission, a little more than $1.76 million in outside money has been spent against John Tierney this election cycle. The FEC has no independent expenditures listed that oppose Tisei.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved about $1 million worth of ad time in the Boston area, according to The Washington Post, but it’s unclear how much of that will go toward helping Tierney in the 6th District.

Tisei said the outside spending has “opened up people’s eyes to some of the things going on in the last year and a half. From the beginning we said we were going to run our own campaign and whatever else happens is outside of our control.”

Talks to limit outside spending by signing a pledge similar to the one that Warren and Brown signed, fizzled between the two rivals in May, allowing for outside groups to influence the race.

Can Dems take the House?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thinks so, saying on CNN Sunday that her party has a “very excellent chance” to gain the 25 seats needed to take back control.

Tierney agrees.

“There is the prospect of doing that,” he said. “There are a number of House seats in play that are close, a number of which Democrats are leading.”

Stumping for Tierney on a conference call yesterday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said his party is “in striking distance” of taking the House and it will come down to races like this one.

“This race is an essential part of the Democrats taking a majority in the House,” he said. “If people want to make sure Democrats have the majority in the House, they need to make sure John Tierney is elected.”

Van Hollen said a Democratic majority is essential to stop Republicans from passing budgets that cut taxes for the rich at the expense of the middle class, seniors, students and investment in the future.

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