Each week, political analysts pay close attention to the independent expenditures from the national parties- especially the DCCC in this case. Simply put, it is as good of a barometer as anything on how they feel about a particular race. If they pull out a district, it is pretty tough to spin that as anything but bad for the parties chance to retain the seat.
As this list shows, the DCCC is sticking with Travis Childers for the final week of the campaign. In fact, they are dumping in another $225,000- a pretty significant buy for a relatively inexpensive district. All totaled, they have spent just under $1 million in attack ads on Alan Nunnelee.
Should Democrats in North Mississippi feel good that the DCCC is still spending money on Childers? I suppose, but their final buy totals 66 districts; of which just a couple are held by Republicans. It’s safe to say that a large chunk of these Democratic members will be defeated in five days. And as far as the money goes, it doesn’t hurt that Childers has been a good bit kinder to Nancy Pelosi than a number of other Democrats from conservative districts.