Though Democratic insiders have written off Tea Party incumbent Joe Walsh in his 8th congressional race against Tammy Duckworth, the Republicans haven't.
In fact, they have set aside more than $457,800 to keep that race competitive. At least one political operative said that kind of cash infusion is a sign that the Republicans believe the race is closer than the public thinks.
The Republican National Campaign Committee's commitment is besides an infusion from two SuperPacs -- Now or Never and Freedom Works -- which gave Walsh more than $1 milliion in the last week.
That immediately drew criticism from the Duckworth campaign.
"They want to make this election into a Tea Party crusade that will hurt working families," the campaign said in a statement.
In an interview with the Sun-Times this week, Walsh encouraged voters to look at where he personally raises his money versus his Democratic challenger.
"Neither one of us by law can control or have anything to do with that," Walsh said of the SuperPac money. "Almost all of the money that I raise comes from the district."
He accused Duckworth of spending too much time outside of the district and raising huge percentages of campaign cash from California and New York.
"She spends most of her time traveling the country, raising money," Walsh said.
The two are scheduled to square off in a debate on October 9.
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This debate will be held at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows and will be open to residents of the 8th district.
WTTW's Chicago Tonight will hold another debate on October 18.