Money rolling into Connecticut 5th District race

In this March 12, 2013 file photo, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District race is expected once again to be an expensive battle, attracting millions of dollars in outside money.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Republican opponent Mark Greenberg have already been targeted by their national parties as candidates that potential donors should watch.

National groups have already reserved more than $1 million in TV ads for the freshman incumbent and Greenberg has already loaned his campaign more than $600,000.

Greenberg says he’s challenging Esty to ask all third parties not to spend big cash on ads and mailers. Esty’s campaign says that’s a “deceptive ploy” from a deep-pocketed candidate intent on spending as much of his own money as it takes.

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