National Democrats say they are increasingly confident of Seth Moulton’s chances against Republican Richard Tisei in the North Shore-based congressional race, and are reallocating advertising funds to districts they deem more competitive.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, responsible for electing Democrats to the House and facing the prospect of Republican victories across the country, plans to cancel $430,000 worth of advertising from the race, party strategists said.
In addition, the group is shifting $784,000 within the same Boston media market to help shore up Democrats in New Hampshire US House races, which the party thinks are closer, strategists said.
“I’m glad the DCCC thinks we’re safe,” said Moulton spokesman Scott Ferson. “We are certainly seeing momentum in our voter [identification], but we’re running the race like we’re behind.”
Tisei, who released a new television ad on Friday, brushed off the Democratic group’s decision. “I think you’re going to see all kinds of groups come in and out. It doesn’t really mean anything to me,” he told the Globe on Friday. “We have our plan that we’re executing.”
His communications director, Charlie Szold, noted that the National Republican Congressional Committee has pledged to spend $1 million on the race, in addition to promises of $500,000 each from two GOP-leaning super PACs.
The Sixth District race is one of two congressional races in Massachusetts deemed competitive. The other, in the Southeastern Massachusetts Ninth District, features an unexpectedly close fight between Democratic US Representative William R. Keating and Republican lawyer John Chapman.
Republicans were more optimistic about their odds in the Sixth when it looked as if Tisei might face Democratic US Representative John F. Tierney. But Moulton upended Tierney in the primary, giving Tisei a fresh face to run against instead of a scandal-tarred incumbent.
Tierney’s wife and her family were involved in a criminal gambling ring that many thought had left him imperiled in his 2012 race. But Tierney, buoyed by President Obama and Elizabeth Warren at the top of the ticket, prevailed.Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at Jim.OSullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.