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Nat'l GOP Support Uncertain For Northup Re-election Bid

WASHINGTON -- When Republican Anne Northup ran for re-election to her 3rd District House seat in 2004 and 2006, she got almost $900,000 from her party's congressional fundraising arm, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

The money paid for ads attacking her opponents and for campaign activities such as polling. This year, however, it could be different.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is likely to play only a minor role in aiding Northup's campaign to win back the seat she lost to Democrat John Yarmuth two years ago, reports the Courier-Journal.

That's because the committee faces hard times. It had about $7.1 million available as of the end of April, according to Federal Election Commission records, compared with $44.3 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Two years ago the Republican committee raised $179 million to the Democrats' $92.9 million. The GOP spent it all and went into debt another $14 million. The Democrats spent $48.4 million, the C-J reports.

"Allocation of (national party) resources will be a major problem for most Republican challengers, including Northup," said David Wasserman, House analyst with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. "She'll no doubt have to rely more on her own resources than those of the party."

The committee's first concern will be to defend incumbents. Challengers, even if they're former members like Northup, will be second in line, according to political analysts, the newspaper reports.

Northup campaign manager Ted Jackson insisted, however, that "our strategy doesn't depend on the NRCC doing anything. I can't say whether the NRCC is going to be in this thing, but I do know they consider this a very winnable race."

Jackson conceded that the Republican campaign committee appears to have limited funds. But he said "we're going to have the money we need to carry the message, and whatever else comes will be a bonus."

So far this year, Yarmuth has raised $1.1 million and has $846,000 on hand. Northup, who didn't enter the race until late January, has raised $619,000 and has $534,000 on hand, reports the newspaper.

In 2006 Northup's campaign spent $3.4 million, compared to Yarmuth's $2.4 million. Yarmuth said in an interview that he isn't sure how important party money will be this year, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

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