The National Republican Senatorial Committee is shifting its resources away from Senate races where they are facing an uphill race and toward the North Dakota Senate race that they see as a must-win, reports Politico. The committee is booking $3.1 million in airtime between Wednesday and Election Day.
The North Dakota race pits freshman GOP Rep. Rick Berg against former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp in a race much tighter than it should in the Republican-leaning state. Meanwhile, the NRSC is pulling out of the McCaskill-Akin race in Missouri and the New Mexico Senate race, where Democratic Rep. Martin Heinreich is holding his own against Republican Heather Wilson.
The source said the NRSC is also canceling its ads in New Mexico, where Democrat Martin Heinrich appears to be pulling ahead of Republican Heather Wilson, and Missouri, where Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about abortion and rape have damaged his campaign and caused national Republicans to flee the state.
The same committee source identified two other states where the NRSC may go on offense soon: Ohio and Florida.
Party strategists believe that Senate contests have tightened in those two states, where Republicans are challenging incumbent Democratic senators. GOP outside groups have already spent money in Ohio and Florida and the NRSC may get involved directly if the races remain competitive.