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Super PAC Plans $8M in Ads to Help NC Sen. Burr

US Senator Richard Burr (left) and Democratic challenger Deborah Ross

A super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to spend $8.1 million on television ads in the North Carolina Senate race, where Republican incumbent Richard Burr is facing a spirited Democratic challenge.

With a goal of keeping the chamber in GOP hands, the Senate Leadership Fund said Thursday that it's reserving ad time starting Sept. 13 in nearly all of the state's TV markets. A nonprofit arm of the fund previously announced $2.5 million in ads praising Burr for efforts to preserve Medicare.

Burr is seeking a third Senate term. Ross is a former state legislator. Polls have shown the race to be tight even though Burr had a sizable campaign fund advantage through June.

The ad reservation was first reported by Roll Call.

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