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National Dems pulling back from Kosmas but contend she'll win



Kosmas Central Florida Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country, issued Tuesday what has become a fairly routine bit of news from her campaign: A strong fundraising quarter. She took in $525,000.

But it came against a less sunny development. Only days after yanking one of two weeks of TV ads for Kosmas, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said today it was scrapping both weeks.

"The DCCC constantly makes adjustments based on the level of Republican activity in a district," DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen said in a statement. "We are fully invested in the critical voter contact efforts in Suzanne Kosmas’s campaign. We will continue to keep our options open as events change and remain confident that our efforts, coupled with Suzanne’s overwhelming financial advantage, will ensure a victory in November."

Kosmas campaign spokesman Marc Goldberg added:

"Our campaign is well positioned for victory in November as voters are responding positively to our message about the clear choice in this election." He said Republican challenger Sandy Adams "has the wrong priorities for Central Florida, and we are confident that we will have the resources we need to continue highlighting the choice in this election and win in 21 days."

Kosmas has more than $450,000 cash on hand, "not including media buys already placed for the final two weeks of the election," her campaign said. She has raised $2.29 million.

Adams, who emerged somewhat unexpectedly from a crowded Republican primary, should post a sharp uptick in donations. She has also gotten help from conservative interest groups that have been hammering Kosmas and nearby Democrat Alan Grayson of Orlando.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:46am]


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