SEIU and House Majority PAC, a left-leaning super-PAC, have reserved $800,000 in TV ad time to support the Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District race.
The Seattle air time, part of a $20 million nationwide buy announced Monday, starts what is expected to be a swarm of independent expenditures in the 1st District. It is the only Congressional race that pundits rate as being close in Washington state, and the sole Republican in the race, John Koster, has a strong early lead in the polls.
Five Democrats are running hard toward the August top-two primary, presumably to face Koster. On Monday, SEIU endorsed Suzan DelBene, a former Microsoft vice president and state Department of Revenue director.
House Majority PAC is bent on helping Democrats take 25 seats and win back the U.S. House. In an email, Andy Stone of House Majority PAC said the ad buy was for the fall in the 1st District, and that the super-PAC “is working to help elect as many Democrats as possible with a goal of taking back the House.”
Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee reserved $18 million in airtime around the country.
In addition to DelBene, the other four Democrats in the race are Darcy Burner, Laura Ruderman, Steve Hobbs and Darshan Rauniyar.