Land camp floods TV airwaves

David Shepardson
The Detroit News

Michigan's Terri Lynn Land is flooding the airwaves with campaign ads — running more commercials than all but one other U.S. Senate candidate, the Center for Public Integrity said Thursday.

The center said Land, the Republican former two-time secretary of state, aired 1,300 ads from Sept. 9 through Sept. 15 or an average of one every 8 minutes — behind only Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who is facing a serious challenge from Democrat Allison Grimes.

But the NextGen Climate Action Committee, a liberal super political action committee funded largely by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer of California, aired 1,500 TV ads in the race attacking Land, the center said.

Land is facing Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who is ahead in most polls and was up 10 percentage points in a Detroit News survey released last week. Land's campaign strategist John Yob said in a memo this week that the race is close.

"The bottom line is that this race is very close and arguably tied with just over seven weeks until Election Day. Republicans have a good chance to win a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan for the first time since 1994," Yob wrote.

Last week, Peters unveiled a TV ad highlighting his military service — his third campaign ad. None have attacked Land, but focused on his biography and Michigan roots.

Peters campaign says he has been outspent nearly two to one because of the influx of ads from outside conservative groups including the billionaire industrial Koch brothers.