The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has stepped up an ad blitz that focuses on House races in solidly Democratic states, betting that control of the chamber rests in places like California, New York and Illinois. The trade group, which favors Republicans, has begun airing ads in three Illinois races. That follows its recent investments in two other Illinois districts including the 13th in which Democrat David Gill faces Republican Rodney Davis. The ads generally attack the Democratic candidate for supporting health care legislation. With about a month before Election Day, Republicans are expected to hold the House majority, but Democrats are still driving to gain the 25 seats they need to take control. A spokeswoman for the Chamber, Blair Latoff, said the group saw a chance to influence districts where other groups are sitting on the sidelines because there is no competitive presidential or Senate race. She refused to say how much the chamber planned to spend, but Federal Election Commission reports indicate the tab runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for each race.
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