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October 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM

DelBene and Koster slow to join flood of political advertising

With new political ads for ballot measures and the governor’s race and statewide initiatives filling the airwaves with attacks and counterattacks, the state’s most competitive Congressional race between Democrat Suzan DelBene and Republican John Koster has been relatively quiet.

The campaigns in the 1st Congressional District are fundraising and going door-to-door with fliers, but they haven’t started in with attacks about their divergent positions.

That should change Thursday when DelBene kicks off a blitz of ads on the network channels, including a new biographical spot.

Koster has lined up ad time on cable, including a new spot called, “Buying the Middle Class.”

DelBene, so far, has spent just under $400,000 for two weeks worth of ads on KING, KONG, KIRO, KOMO and Q13. Koster spent just about half as much — about $185,000 — on advertising between now and Election Day. Both are staying mum about their third quarter fundraising totals, due Monday. In the primary, DelBene gave $2.3 million to her own campaign, but won’t say whether she has made more donations since.

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