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Crossroads booking Indiana TV time

The GOP outside-spending group American Crossroads is preparing to go on the air again in Indiana, deepening the presence of national conservative groups in a state with a Senate race that's turned surprisingly competitive, according to a source tracking the TV war there.

Crossroads has begun reserving airtime starting Sept. 25, the source said. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is already on the air there in the contest between Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock and Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.

It's not clear what the full dollar amount of the Crossroads flight will be or whether it's coming from the American Crossroads super PAC or the Crossroads GPS 501(c)4. Crossroads GPS ran ads earlier this summer bashing Donnelly, but the race has remained close since then. I've reached out to the groups for comment and will update as necessary.

National Republican strategists remain optimistic that Indiana's conservative lean and Donnelly's congressional voting record will bring this seat home for the GOP. But Donnelly has run an aggressive campaign with support from Democratic outside groups, and Mourdock has failed to consolidate support among Republicans after beating Lugar in the primary. That has made for a tighter contest down the stretch than many anticipated.



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