Congressional District 2 candidate Martha McSally is reserving major air time on network and cable television cable channels just weeks before the general election in November.

But her reservation comes more than six weeks before the Republican primary. 

The retired Air Force colonel, one of three Republicans vying to challenge Rep. Ron Barber in Congressional District 2 this November, has reserved roughly $460,000 in ad time in the final weeks of the race, a spokesperson for the McSally campaign confirmed. 

“Southern Arizonans are looking for a fresh voice representing them in Washington, and this early reservation will ensure that they hear directly from Martha McSally about how she’ll fight for them in Congress,” McSally spokesman Patrick Ptak said in a statement to Roll Call.

McSally joins a bevy of political groups that have already signaled they will spend major cash on television ads in the district during the final weeks of the campaign. 

The House Majority PAC has already reserved $142,931 for the CD2 race in the Tucson market, with another $850,000 reserved for ads in Phoenix during the same period to support incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Flagstaff Democrat running for another term in Congressional District 1.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already reserved $2.9 million in airtime in October — including $700,000 in the Tucson market — to defend the two Democratic incumbents.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has plans to buy $1 million in local network television ads this fall attacking Barber and another $1.9 million to run ads critical of Kirkpatrick.

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