Where Are the GOP Super PACs in the Massachusetts Special?

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June 13, 2013

Maybe this race isn’t as close as advertised.

Despite two new public polls showing a 7-point race, the Republican-aligned outside groups that swamped the 2012 landscape with TV advertising are still nowhere to be found in the special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

American Crossroads, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups generally supportive of Republican candidates have so far declined to jump into the race. They have not spent a dollar in the Bay State, although the contest has become more competitive than expected in recent weeks.

Even a super PAC created specifically to support GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez, the Committee for a Better Massachusetts, has launched only a handful of radio ads on his behalf since the primary, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

There’s still time for these groups to play in the race ahead of Gomez’s June 25 showdown with Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey. But the window is closing: Unless Tuesday night’s debate is a game-changer, the big-spending groups are on track to sit this race out.

So far, Democratic groups and candidates have spent three times as much as Republicans in the special election, according to a GOP source tracking ad buys. As of last week, national Democrats — including a prominent super PAC — had spent $1.25 million on ads to help Markey.

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