by Mariana Dale
More than a million dollars poured into Congressional District One in the final week of the elections.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee listed a $518,049.15 media buy in opposition of Paton on Oct. 31. The outpouring is the second largest independent expenditure in the race and is only topped by the National Republican Congressional Committee's $543,640 buy on Oct. 26.
On the same day, the America Future Fund spent $500,000 to produce and run "Listening," a 30-second TV spot that highlights Paton's military service. It concludes: "Ann Kirkpatrick won't work together to solve our problems."
Women Vote!, a group that supports pro-choice Democratic women, spent just shy of $100,000 on media and media production to oppose Paton. In the past, they had attacked Paton's stance on women's healthcare issues, including his opposition to abortion except in case of rape, incest or when a woman's health is endangered.
The House Majority PAC spent $37,603 on television advertising and media production to oppose Paton.
The district has attracted more than $6 million, more than any other congressional district in the state, but only a fraction of the $22 million that outside groups spent thus far on the Senate race between Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona.
In other campaign news, the Paton camp announced they received the endorsement of the Navajo Nation Council on Friday, Nov. 2. Kirkpatrick previously received the nod from Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and several Navajo Nation agencies.
KNAU reported late Friday afternoon that a Tribal Council spokesman said that Paton did receive the endorsement, but only half of the council voted. Generally the full council needs to be vote on the endorsement.
The Rothenberg Political Report re-labeled the CD1 race from “Toss-Up/Tilt Democrat” to a “Pure Toss-Up.”
On Election Day, the candidates will be on opposite ends of the sprawling district. Paton will be bouncing around Pima County before joining fellow Republican candidates at the Sheraton Hotel, 6555 E. Speedway Blvd., according to Paton's public schedule.
Kirkpatrick will spend the day in the Navajo Nation and settle in at the Radisson Woodlands at 1175 West Route 66 with other Democratic candidates running for state Legislature, according an email from spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson