The constant TV ads featuring Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and his Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell are unrivaled among House campaigns nationwide.
A list of the top 10 House races by TV spending from Kantar Media shows Florida's 26th Congressional District at the top of the list, with $16.9 million spent so far, according to consultancy group Kantar Media. The race between Curbelo and Mucarsel-Powell is competitive, and Mucarsel-Powell's campaign and her Democratic allies have been spending at a clip of about $1 million a week on TV ads for the past month.
The $16.9 million includes spending from outside groups that are not affiliated with either campaign, like a Paul Ryan-backed super PAC that has launched ads attacking Mucarsel-Powell, though the campaigns themselves get favorable rates on TV advertising compared to outside groups.
Each of the top 10 most expensive races are Republican-held, indicating that the GOP is playing defense at is seeks to minimize losses to maintain control of the House past Election Day.
Top 10 House races by TV ad spending:— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) October 8, 2018
1. FL-26: $16.9 million
2. WA-08: $16.7 million
3. CO-06: $16.6 million
4. CA-10: $15.04 million
5. ME-02: $14.8 million
6. TX-07: $14.5 million
7. VA-10: $14.3 million
8. PA-01: $13.9 million
9. IL-06: $13.7 million
10. CA-45: $12.2 million