A major Republican super PAC is no longer airing ads in West Virginia, signaling the GOP is doubtful of its chances of unseating Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wins GOP gubernatorial primary MORE (D-W.Va.), The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) told the Post that it is no longer airing television advertisements in The Mountain State after spending millions of dollars in support of GOP Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia’s attorney general.
It will instead invest $150,000 in get-out-the-vote efforts and digital ads to help allocate money to closer Senate races across the country where Republicans believe they have the ability to flip Democratic-held seats, the Post reported.
“Our reservations ended this week and now we are spending $150k on GOTV,” an SLF spokesman told The Hill.
Morrisey and Manchin are due to face each other in a debate later on Thursday.
The Post report comes the same day as polls from MetroNews and Emerson College showed Manchin with a 5-point lead in the contest.
The Cook Political Report rates the West Virginia race as “Lean Democratic,” even though it is a state won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE by over 40 points in 2016.
Republicans are seeking to maintain or expand upon their 51-49 majority in the Senate, taking advantage of an electoral map that has Democrats defending 10 seats in states Trump won in 2016.
— Updated at 6:27 p.m.
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