Enyart to benefit from DCCC shift in support toward vulnerable incumbents, Politico reports

By Ann Maher | Oct 6, 2014

Former Madison County judge Ann Callis's loss may be Congressman Bill Enyart's gain.

According to Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said today that it would be "scaling back" TV advertising in 11 Republican held districts, including Illinois' 13th where incumbent Rodney Davis maintains a double-digit lead over Callis.

Politico reported that in exchange for pulling advertising from GOP districts, the DCCC will increase support for Democratic incumbents "facing treacherous re-election campaigns" - Enyart being one of four lawmakers who will see increased funding.

Freshman Enyart, of Belleville, faces Republican challenger Mike Bost, a state representative from Carbondale, in the 12th Congressional District. In a recent Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, Bost was up five points over Enyart.

"The spending decisions come four weeks before a midterm election that is proving perilous to Democrats, who are 17 seats deep into the House minority and are almost certain to see their delegation shrink further," Politico reported. "Many Democratic strategists privately concede they are likely to lose about six seats — a total that could grow should the environment deteriorate further."

News that the DCCC was scaling back in the 13th comes a week after the House Majority PAC announced that it was cutting a planned media buy in the St. Louis market between Oct. 14 and 20.

A Sept. 21 poll released by Public Opinion Strategies showed Davis with a 19 point lead over Callis.

An Oct. 1 poll by Capitol Fax/We Ask America showed Davis with a 13 point lead over Callis.

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