The Club for Growth will start airing its second ad for Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in New York's 23rd district special election, which has become the hottest off-year race in the country as conservatives have flocked to support Hoffman over GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava in their three-way contest with Democrat Bill Owens.

The Club launched its first ad for Hoffman last week, comparing him to the Republican Scozzafava; the new ad seeks to marginalize Scozzafava, asserting that the race "comes down to two very different candidates"--Hoffman and Owens.

The Club commissioned a poll, released yesterday, showing Hoffman in the lead with 31 percent support. A Research 2000/Daily Kos poll released Friday showed Hoffman in third with 27 percent.

All told, the Club for Growth has spent roughly $593,000 on TV, radio, and mail in support of Hoffman, plus bundled donations over $330,000, according to an official with the group.

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