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DENVER – Supporters of both Congressman Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Joe Miklosi, are increasing their spending on television ads this week, a signal of just how close the race for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District may be.

Coffman, who’s seeking his third term in Congress, is facing a serious challenge for the first time after Democrats were successful in re-drawing his district, which had been a safe Republican seat, into a toss-up by taking half of conservative Douglas County out and replacing it with more working-class Aurora.

Miklosi, despite incredibly low name recognition and a debut TV ad that’s been panned by political observers as one of the worst they’ve ever seen, may well be within striking distance, based on internal and external polling of the race.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved an additional $270,000 in television advertising time for this week, the blog Colorado Peak Politics first reported Tuesday via Twitter. 

The NRCC will continue running a spot showing an animated Joe Miklosi waving a Canadian flag.

Why? Because the ad alleges that Miklosi supported a “government run, Canadian-style healthcare system in Colorado.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going even bigger with a $600,000 ad buy for the next two weeks, FOX31 Denver has confirmed.

For the first week, the DCCC is airing an ad called “Mike Coffman: Backwards”, which shows a clip of Coffman in his own ad slowly being played in rewind so Coffman is shown to be walking backwards as a narrator highlights his voting record on birth control and Medicare spending.

The DCCC may have a different ad on the air next week.

“To my thinking, there’s only one possible explanation for this bulking-up of ad expenditures on the part of both campaign committees,” political analyst Eric Sondermann told FOX31 Denver. “The race has grown to be a closer and much more competitive one in which Democrats increasingly perceive an opportunity and Republicans increasingly see a threat.”

Last week, Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist who prognosticates political races, moved the race for Colorado’s 6th C.D. from “leans Republican” to “toss-up” based solely on the district’s new demographic makeup.